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A number 1 bestseller in France and translated into over twenty languages, Billie is one of the most beloved French novels to be published in recent years. A brilliant evocation of Paris and a moving tale of friendship, Anna Gavaldaa€™s new novel tells the story of two young people, Billie and Franck, who, as the story opens, are trapped in a gorge in the Cevennes Mountains. With darkness encroaching, their situation is dire, and Billie begins to tell stories from their lives in order to survive. In alternating episodes, the novel moves between recollections of the two charactersa€™ childhoods and their dreadful predicament. Francka€™s life has been impacted by a childhood spent with a perennially unemployed father who toyed with Christian extremism and a mother aestheticized by antidepressants. A bright kid, Francka€™s future was menaced at every turn by the bigotry around him. Billiea€™s abiding wish as an adult is to avoid ever having to come into contact with her family again. To escape from her abusive and alcohol-addled family, she was willing to do anything and everything. The wounds have not entirely healed. At the heart of Gavaldaa€™s tender story lies a generosity of spirit that will take readersa€™ breath away, and an unshakable belief in the power of art to lift the most fragile among us to new vistas from which they can see futures full of hope, love, and dignity. Billie is a beautifully crafted novel for readers of all ages and from all walks of life that conveys a positive message about overcoming lifea€™s trials and tribulations.Why does it matter to you? To say Camillea#39;s words out loud, ita#39;s the opposite of risky. Shea#39;s tough, that girl! She can take it! Shea#39;s even ready to fuck up her life in order to follow her principles. Have you met many others like her? Me, zero .

Author:Anna Gavalda
Publisher:Penguin - 2015-03-03


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