I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere [NOOK Book]

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Hailed by Voici as "a distant descendant of Dorothy Parker," prize-winning Anna Gavalda has caused an international sensation with this dazzling collection of short stories selling over 700,000 copies in her native France. With arresting naturalism, a lively variety of perspectives, Gavalda writes simply—and beautifully—of human beings longing to connect. Gavalda has a knack for capturing our inner as well as our outer dialogues with perfect pitch, provoking reflection, pain, and laughter in equal measure. The ...

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Overview

Hailed by Voici as "a distant descendant of Dorothy Parker," prize-winning Anna Gavalda has caused an international sensation with this dazzling collection of short stories selling over 700,000 copies in her native France. With arresting naturalism, a lively variety of perspectives, Gavalda writes simply—and beautifully—of human beings longing to connect. Gavalda has a knack for capturing our inner as well as our outer dialogues with perfect pitch, provoking reflection, pain, and laughter in equal measure. The stories in I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere are as wicked as they are insightful, as stylish as they are sparse, as fiercely unsentimental as they are emotionally wrought.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Unabashed materialism is tempered by dry wit in this collection of 12 jaunty short stories about heartache and love by a young prize-winning French writer. The first-person narrators speak directly to the reader: "So anyway, as I was saying," "I'm not saying that to be a smartass" and even "Hmpphh, whatever." This playfulness often masks hurt: protagonists range from a female veterinarian who is gang-raped by drunken farmers to a pop singer isolated by fame and drugs, to a traveling salesman who plays a role in a terrible traffic accident. The collection's shorter stories are slight; nothing much happens, or problems raised are shrugged off without any attempt at resolution. The book's gems, on the other hand, delight by adding action to the mix. In "Junior," two boys borrow dad's Jaguar, with disastrous results; in "Clic-Clac" two sisters help their brother jump-start a love affair with a delectable colleague. If love is one recurring theme, another is class, particularly the distinction between middle and upper classes in French society. In "This Man and This Woman," a couple's loveless marriage is equated with their predictable taste in clothing and furnishings: "It's all kind of nouveau riche, but fortunately they don't realize it." Deftly translated by Marker, this uneven but entertaining collection displays a deliciously Gallic insouciance. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101215647
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/2/2003
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 287,665
  • File size: 171 KB

Meet the Author

Born in 1970, Anna Gavalda was a teacher whose collection of stories, I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere, shot her to fame (published in Vintage together with her novella, Someone I Loved). Her novel Hunting and Gathering (Ensemble c'est tout) was a bestseller in several countries, selling over two million copies, and was made into a film and her most recent novel is Consolation. Her books have been translated into thirty-six languages. The mother of two children, she lives and writes just outside Paris.
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Table of Contents

Courting Rituals of the Saint-Germain-des-Pres 1
Pregnant 15
This Man and This Woman 31
The Opel Touch 35
Amber 47
Leave 59
Lead Story 79
Catgut 93
Junior 101
For Years 118
Clic-Clac 138
Epilogue 171
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  • Posted October 8, 2010

    Absolutely incredible!

    This collection of short stories has been on my nightstand since I was in college. Whatever mood I am in these stories manage to touch something inside me each and every time. They are all unexpected in their own way, but manage to show you a small glimpse of someone else's daily life with the moments that define or remind them of who they are. Her stories leave images in your head that crop up when you least expect it and need them the most. We all "brush shoulders" with shadows from our memory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Great little book

    Wonderful collection of short stories with varied story lines. Some very touching, some thought-provoking, some laugh-out-loud funny. Quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2005

    a beautiful book

    it brings you back to Paris...it's really a wonderfully written/translated book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    What a wonderful book..

    My copy was stolen the second I lent it out! It is such a wonderful collection of stories. I found Anna's writing to be exceptional... I recomend it to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    Not nearly as dark as the title suggests

    this is one book i really enjoyed, although i was skeptical about it at first from the title. it isn't as depressing as the title suggests, and i literally laughed out loud at some of the stories. she really has a handle on how to write from other people's perspective. it combined a bunch of different emotions, some expected & others unexpected with her witty stories, and some were suprisingly hysterical! i totally recommend this book. it's a short read that will make you feel good after you've finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    Full of elegant tales

    This book was enjoyable and extremely easy to read. I suggest that everyone pick it up and spend the hour or two that it takes to read it, because it's simply a book full of delightful short stories that people from all walks of life can relate to. Not only are the stories wonderful, but they're also thought-inspiring.

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