The Little Paris Bookshop

A story that explores love, forgiveness, and letting go. Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop follows the story of Jean Perdu, a bookseller who believes that there is one book for everybody. He believes that a book has healing properties. Perdu starts to wonder if there is a book that can heal the pain of losing his lover, Manon.

The book begins with stories of random people who meet Perdu and how Perdu has changed their lives by selling them a book. This is the most interesting part of the George’s novel. About halfway through though, the sentimentality starts to bloat and bog down the book. As a result, the dialogue and the narrative begins to feel contrived. A promising premise, but ‘The Little Paris Bookshop’ falls flat.

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