Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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.

Europa - April 2, 2013

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.

15 comments:

  1. We were talking about the consequences of being unable to read last night at our book group. The conversation was prompted by the "lining" done in the black church in To Kill a Mockingbird. That was new to me.

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  2. I can't imagine. An admirable project, to teach an adult to read. Sounda like a very good book to wait for!

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  3. That would be so sad, not being able to read and write....and it definitely happens, even in this day and age. What a captivating story!

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  4. Interesting, a book about not being able to read!

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  5. I love it...new to me! Thanks for the heads up!

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  6. Oh, this does sound like a book that I would like, and from previous experience, I know just how hard it can be to teach an adult to read. I need to see when this becomes available, because it sounds like one that I would love!

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  7. Oooh, this one does sound very good, Diane! It's hard to believe that there are people who cannot read, but I know there are many.

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  8. This sounds enchanting! I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  9. Sounds really good. Going on my TBR. I've read one of her books before and that was so good.

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  10. Sounds like a fabulous book! Here's my WoW:
    http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/03/waiting-on-wednesday-witch-of-little.html

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  11. I think I might like to read this one!!!

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  12. You know what a francophile I am. I'm definitely going to look for this one.

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  13. This sounds like a meaningful book. I'm intrigued by the title. Wonder how that would fit in the literacy project. ;)

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  14. This book has caught my eye. The subject is dear to my heart. I worked with learning disabled children in my career as an educator. I wonder if it is as good as is sounds? I need a book club pick.

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