Friday 20 May 2011

Gavalda, Anna "I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere"

Gavalda, Anna "I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere" (French: Je voudrais quelqu'un m'attende quelque part) - 1999

The title sounded very nice, like a dream somehow. I was a little disappointed that it was a book of short stories but they read very nicely, were interesting, quite different each one from the next, all in all an enjoyable read.

From the back cover:

"I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere explores how a life can be changed irrevocably in just one fateful moment. A pregnant mother's plans for the future unravel at the hospital; a travelling salesman learns the consequences of an almost-missed exit on the motorway in the newspaper the next morning; while a perfect date is spoilt by a single act of thoughtlessness. In those crucial moments Gavalda demonstrates her almost magical skill in conveying love, lust, longing, and loneliness.

Someone I Loved is a hauntingly intimate look at the intolerably painful, yet sometimes valuable consequences that adultery can have on a marriage and the individuals involved. A simple tale, yet long in substance, Someone I Loved ends like most great love affairs, forever leaving you wanting just one more moment.

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