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Anna Gavalda

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Anna Gavalda

Anna Gavalda’s first published work was the critically acclaimed collection of short stories I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere, which sold over half a million copies in her native France. She is also the author of Someone I Loved and the internationally bestselling novel Hunting and Gathering (Vintage, 2008), which was made into a film starring Audrey Tatou and Daniel Auteil. Her most recent work, Fendre l’armure, was shortlisted in the Belles-Lettres Category for the Grand Prix of Literary Associations (GPLA) in 2017. Gavalda’s novels and short stories have been translated into over forty languages. In addition to writing novels, Gavalda contributes to Elle Magazine. She lives in Paris.

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  • In her latest book, French novelist Anna Gavalda brings together two novellas exploring the young, restless, and downtrodden on the edge of a breakthrough. Matilde and Yann are both in their twenties, at a point in their lives when they feel opportunity is slipping past, for...
    — World Literature Today, May 10 2016
  • As 2015 comes to a close, we again look back to the year in translation. The end of 2015 marked two new beginnings: a new independent publisher, Spurl Edition, released its first translation in November as a free ebook and will follow with its second translated title in spring...
    — World Literature Today, Dec 15 2015
  • My last choice for this first batch is Anna Gavalda’s Life, Only Better, two novellas published in one volume. In one a twenty-four-year-old woman changes her life entirely after a man returns the bag she thought she’d lost and in the other, dinner with a neighbour spurs...
    — A life in books, Dec 1 2015
  • To be in your mid-twenties today often means being at a crossroads: the time between adventure and adulthood, between carelessness and commitment. In French author Anna Gavalda’s new work, “Life, Only Better,” (Europa, $17.00) this tumultuous time is on full display in...
    — Laura Farmer, Nov 30 2015
  • In “Mathilde,” one of the two novellas that make up this book, a 24-year-old lives with twin sisters and works as a negative commenter on various websites. Her anonymous comments send site owners running to her brother-in-law to improve their web presence. When she loses...
    — The New York Times, Nov 30 2015
  • This novel is a testament to love, friendship, overcoming abuse and suffering, and the feelings associated with being an outcast
    — The San Juan Islander, Aug 1 2015

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