A wonderful collection of stories published together with a poignant novella from the internationally renowned author of Hunting and Gathering
Following the publication of Anna Gavalda's international bestseller, Hunting and Gathering
, this book introduces us to Anna Gavalda's witty and dazzling collection of stories, I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere
, together with her heartbreaking and poignant novella, Someone I Loved
- both published in the UK for the first time.
I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere
explores how a life can be changed irrevocably in just one fateful moment. A pregnant mother's plans for the future unravel at the hospital; a travelling salesman learns the consequences of an almost-missed exit on the motorway in the newspaper the next morning; while a perfect date is spoilt by a single act of thoughtlessness. In those crucial moments Gavalda demonstrates her almost magical skill in conveying love, lust, longing, and loneliness.
Someone I Loved
is a hauntingly intimate look at the intolerably painful, yet sometimes valuable consequences that adultery can have on a marriage and the individuals involved. A simple tale, yet long in substance, Someone I Loved
ends like most great love affairs, forever leaving you wanting just one more moment.
Born in 1970, Anna Gavalda was a teacher whose collection of stories, I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere
, shot her to fame. Her work, including another short novel, has been translated into thirty-six languages. The mother of two small children, she lives and writes just outside Paris.
Gavalda sees through ordinary appearances to people's hidden longings... A gifted literary stylist,A distant descendant of Dorothy Parker,A collection as tender as it is scathing