Waiting on Wednesday - Bitter Almonds; Laurence Cosse
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pick is one that I'm hoping to get a sneak peek at.
Edith can hardly believe it when she learns that
Fadila, her sixty-year-old housemaid, is completely illiterate. How can a
person living in Paris in the third millennium possibly survive without
knowing how to read or write? How does she catch a bus, or pay a bill,
or withdraw money from the bank? Why it's unacceptable! She thus decides
to become Fadila’s French teacher. But teaching something as complex as
reading and writing to an adult is rather more challenging that she
thought. Their lessons are short, difficult, and tiring. Yet, during
these lessons, the oh-so-Parisian Edith and Fadila, an immigrant from
Morocco, begin to understand one other as never before, and from this
understanding will blossom a surprising and delightful friendship. Édith
will enter into contact with a way of life utterly unfamiliar to her,
one that is unforgiving at times, but joyful and dignified.