#AW80Books – Slim, quirky and intoxicating – Amelie Nothomb’s ‘Petronille’

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Pétronille by Amélie Nothomb (2014, translation by Alison Anderson) was this month’s reading  choice for my book group. While her parents are Belgian, Nothomb was born in Japan but currently lives in Paris. Both novel and author were new to me, but by happy chance, it makes it not only another stop-off on our Around the World in 80 Books reading challenge but also the perfect choice for Women In Translation Month hosted by Meytal at Biblibio.

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The slim volume describes the blossoming friendship between Amélie, an author in her thirties and a young fledgling writer, Pétronille, who as well as sharing a common interest in writing, bond over their shared passion for champagne. The story is narrated by Amélie who is intrigued, charmed and perplexed in turns by her unpredictable drinking companion. The prose sparkles like the fine champagne that is consumed in copious quantities, and each page had…

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