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By Anna Gavalda

Prize-winning writer Anna Gavalda has galvanized the literary global with a wonderful genius for storytelling. right here, in her epic new novel of intimate lives-and choked with the "humanity and wit" (Marie Claire) that has made it a bestselling sensation in France-Gavalda explores the twists of destiny that attach 4 humans in Paris. created from a ravenous artist, her shy, aristocratic neighbor, his obnoxious yet gifted roommate, and a missed grandmother, this curious, broken quartet might be hopeless aside, yet jointly, they might simply be ready to face the area.

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