It’s not quite September yet, but we’re ready to dive back into our book club. Next month, From Left to Write members will read and discuss The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I have a soft spot for novels about bookstores and their shopkeepers. Monsieur Perdu isn’t your ordinary bookshop owner. He has a reputation as a book apothecary:
Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
Nina George’s clever play on the name Perdu (means lost in French) is just the beginning of this funny, heartwarming novel. Grab your copy of The Little Paris Bookshop now so you can join our book club on October 8 when we discuss it.
If you’re feeling lost and unsure of what book to read next, there’s a virtual literary apothecary for all your ills. Give it a try!