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Bitter Almonds

(2013)
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Edith can hardly believe it when she learns that Fadila, her sixty-year-old housemaid, is completely illiterate. How can a person living in Paris in the third millennium possibly survive without knowing how to read or write? How does she catch a bus, or pay a bill, or withdraw money from the bank? Why it's unacceptable! She thus decides to become Fadila's French teacher. But teaching something as complex as reading and writing to an adult is rather more challenging that she thought. Their lessons are short, difficult, and tiring. Yet, during these lessons, the oh-so-Parisian Edith and Fadila, an immigrant from Morocco, begin to understand one other as never before, and from this understanding will blossom a surprising and delightful friendship. Edith will enter into contact with a way of life utterly unfamiliar to her, one that is unforgiving at times, but joyful and dignified.

Translated by Alison Anderson (The Elegance of the Hedgehog, A Novel Bookstore, The Most Beautiful Book in the World)

 
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Paperback Editions

April 2013 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Bitter Almonds
Author(s): Laurence Cosse
ISBN: 1-60945-089-2 / 978-1-60945-089-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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Kindle Editions

April 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Bitter Almonds
Author(s): Laurence Cosse
Publisher: Europa Editions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

March 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Bitter Almonds
Author(s): Laurence Cosse
Publisher: Europa Editions
Availability: Amazon UK   


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