In November, 2013, I was browsing the shelves of Brilliant Books in Traverse City, MI. There was a stand-alone shelf promoting the books from a single publisher – Europa Editions.
According to the company website, Europa Editions was founded in 2005 and has published books by authors from twenty-six different countries, making it a leading publisher of international fiction. I believe their most popular title is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by French novelist Muriel Barbery, having spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list.
As I perused the shelf, one title caught my eye. A Novel Bookstore by French writer, Laurence Cossé. Usually, when I purchase a book, it is not the next book I read. However, while in Traverse City, I set aside the short story collection I was into after sampling the first chapter. Then the second. Then it became the oddity, violating my…
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