by Nina George
It all started with a table.
Jean Perdu owns The Literary Apothecary, a bookstore aboard a barge in Paris. He won't sell just any book to a customer, but only what he feels they need. His life, however, isn't in such fine condition. One afternoon, when he returned home, his landlady told him that there was a new tenant in the flat across the hall from him, and since her wealthy husband had just put her clothing in a suitcase on the doorstep with divorce papers atop it, and changed the locks, all of the tenants in the building were contributing furnishings to help her. The landlady determined that Jean needs to donate a table, which leads him to a slow emotional meltdown, the origins of which stretch back 20 years, and which is revealed to us slowly. Because of this meltdown, one day Jean unties his bookstore/barge from its moorings and sets off downriver, accompanied by his two barge cats and a young author who lives in his building, who is suffering from writer's block and can't even begin his second novel.
I chose this book because of the title, and the pretty picture on the cover. I"m a sucker for book stores, and love stories set in France (where I will never visit, because the reality is never as pretty as the pictures in your head).
I loved this book. I read it last week, almost finishing it before Jeff and Tank came to visit. Of course, I stayed up most of Friday night to finish it, because I enjoyed it so. 5/5
Note: I received this book free from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.
And, since it's Thorsday, here are some pictures of Tank from last weekend.
Happy Thorsday, everyone!