Delicacy

Delicacy

4.5 6
by David Foenkinos
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Natalie and François are the perfect couple, and perfectly happy. But after François dies suddenly, only seven years into their still blissful marriage, the widowed Natalie erects a fortress around her emotions into which no one can gain access. Until the most unlikely candidate appears: Markus, Natalie’s Swedish, geeky, and unassuming coworker.

…  See more details below

Overview

Natalie and François are the perfect couple, and perfectly happy. But after François dies suddenly, only seven years into their still blissful marriage, the widowed Natalie erects a fortress around her emotions into which no one can gain access. Until the most unlikely candidate appears: Markus, Natalie’s Swedish, geeky, and unassuming coworker.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Natalie and François’s perfect marriage is brought to a tragically abrupt end when François is hit by a car while jogging. Natalie mourns deeply for three months and then goes back to work, where she receives the unwanted attention of her boss, Charles. She makes it clear that she has no interest in him and seems to have no interest in men at all, until Markus, a Swedish man who works for her, reawakens her desire. After a kiss in the office, the two begin seeing each other. She likes Markus because he’s funny and doesn’t try to pressure her, and Markus can’t believe his luck at landing the most beautiful woman at work. But word of their affair soon spreads around the office, reaching Charles, who hatches a plan to promote Markus back to Sweden, leaving Natalie all for himself. Foenkinos’s first novel to be translated into English is delicate, funny, offbeat, and subtle, with Markus and Natalie as unlikely but realistically drawn protagonists. Foenkinos paces the novel well, breaking it up with songs, lists, footnotes, and other formal elements reminiscent of Nick Hornby or Rick Moody yet making them his own. (Dec.)
Booklist
“Lighthearted and offbeat, [DELICACY] serves up a mostly frothy dish of romance, lost love, new hope, and typically Gallic sensibilities . . . [a] thoughtful, character-driven novel.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“An extraordinary combination of emotional depth and lightness of touch that sometimes approaches the whimsical without ever tipping over into the twee.”
Washington Post
Foenkinos infuses the perfect amount of humor into this unorthodox love story . . . . His prose conjures up the comic neurosis of Woody Allen . . .A delicious chocolate truffle of romance.”
Irish Times
“A more whimsical, less knowing variation on David Nicholls’s blockbuster One Day . . .immensely likeable, unexpectedly compelling.”
Sarah Pekkanen
Foenkinos infuses the perfect amount of humor into this unorthodox love story to temper its tragedy. At times, his prose conjures up the comic neurosis of Woody Allen…The novel isn't flawless…Still, this is a delicious chocolate truffle of romance.
—The Washington Post

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062004369
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/14/2012
Series:
P.S. Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
331,774
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

David Foenkinos is a French novelist and screenwriter. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages and garnered ten awards around the world. Delicacy, which was first published in France, garnered nominations for all five major French literary prizes and has sold one million copies. David lives in Paris.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Delicacy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story presented with great humor!
Noctowl1216 More than 1 year ago
I found delicacy very enjoyable, and very succinct. This is a quick read, with little time spent on details. We are introduced to a poetic woman, capable of beautiful melancholy. I loved following her, but the brevity of the story had me yearning for more. My recommendation? At three dollars, this book is well worth the purchase. Just know that it will be over shortly, and that you'll wish it would go on a bit longer. --but ultimately, isn't that always the case with the good ones?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sweet, melodic treat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago