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Sophie Divry

The Library of Unrequited Love

Sophie Divry The Library Of Unrequited Love
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Biographical note:

Sophie Divry is a French writer and a journalist contributing to publications such as Le Monde Diplomatique. She lives in Lyon, France. She likes egglplants, olive oil, and her mother's homemade jam. She hates cars, is a feminist, and has a phobia about open doors. She likes swimming in the sea, lakes or rivers, but does not like buying a book without knowing what's inside it. The Library of Unrequited Love is her first novel.

Sian Reynolds is a past winner of the Scott Moncrieff Translation prize, and has translated many French writers, from Fernand Braudel to Fred Vargas.

Main description:

El Pais called The Library of Unrequited Love "a thrilling soliloquy, an exciting breath of love." The librarian, a single, middle-aged woman, a sharply opinionated and thoughtful bookworm, whose ex-boyfriend left her for another woman, discovers one morning a patron who has been locked in over night.

Against her quiet nature, she starts to talk to him, what results is a soliloquy of frustrations, observations, and anguish, covering--with wit, pathos, and passion--history, literature, the Dewey Decimal System, love, and loneliness, as well as revealing her unrequited passion for a quiet student-researcher named Martin, whose studiousness, grace, and "beautiful neck" strikes her.

Divry's prose is seamless--never laborious--both funny and poignant. The book's compactness offers an immersive reading experience that touches universal emotional experiences from the perspective of a bookworm.


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