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By Anna Gavalda

Anna Gavalda has been hailed as an writer "graced with the Gallic virtues of dry wit and virtually involuntary elegance" (Vogue).

Now, the prize-winning writer of I want somebody have been expecting Me someplace returns with a unique of an deserted spouse, and the profound dating that unfolds among her and her partner's father.

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He got up. “So yes . . It’s true. You are stupid. What a terrible thing to discover . . ” He was behind my back. “You can’t imagine how much that hurts. More than Someone I Loved 53 that, you’ve wounded me deeply. But I don’t hold it against you—I blame it on the pain you are feeling . ” He set a steaming plate in front of me. “But there is one thing you can’t get away with saying, just one thing . ” I asked, lifting my gaze. “Whatever you do, don’t drag beets into this. You’d be hard-pressed to find a single beet field for miles around .

Why didn’t he tell me he was going? What a strange man . . Like a fish, always twisting away from you, slipping out of your hands. I poured myself a large cup of coffee and drank it standing up, leaning against the kitchen window. I looked at Someone I Loved 29 the robins swarming around the piece of suet that the girls had laid on the bench the previous day. The sun had almost risen above the hedge. I was waiting for them to wake up. The house was too quiet. I wanted a cigarette. It was stupid, I hadn’t smoked in years.

He switched off the overhead light, and we sat down, facing each other. ” “Do you really think so? ” “It’s your wine that’s good. ” “No, about this pilgrimage . . ” “Oh . . what was I like? I was the stupidest boy in the world. I tried to keep up with Frendall’s big strides. I talked incessantly, told him about Paris, the Moulin Rouge, said anything that came into my head, and lied shamelessly. He laughed and said things that I didn’t understand either, which made me laugh in turn. We spent our time stealing coins from the fountains and smirked every time we met someone of the opposite sex.

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