Billie is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, willing to do anything to escape her abusive family and the desperate poverty that traps them. Franck is a bright and sensitive boy damaged by a bigoted father and a mother anesthetised by anti-depressants. Emarginated and bullied at school, they find each other when a drama project requires them to perform an iconic piece of French literature...The story of the unlikely but life-saving friendship that follows is told by Billie in flashbacks, as she and Franck are trapped in a gorge in the Cevennes Mountains, a weekend away gone badly wrong. To keep back darkness and fear Billie weaves a story out of their not-completely-healed wounds.
These two outcasts find a home together in Anna Gavalda’s moving portrayal of platonic love and how far two people are willing to go for each other. Quirky, but gritty, this charming and emotional ode is for anyone who has felt the transformative power of friendship.
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.