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I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere

(2003)
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Reading Anna Gavalda's story collection, I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere, is a bit like choosing the mini-eclair over its full-size counterpart--while the smaller size makes each morsel that much more satisfying, you can't help but wish for just one more bite. Still, in many cases, Gavalda does a better job of capturing the essence of human emotion in each five-to-ten page story than many writers manage to do in epic novels.

Gavalda sets up every story such that each character's fate can be decided in a single moment. Whether the protagonist's pivotal moment is decided by fate or free will is what keeps these 12 stories fresh and unique. In "Lead Story," travelling salesman Jean-Pierre does not learn the true horrific consequences of an almost-missed exit on the highway until opening Le Figaro the next morning. The veterinarian in Catgut decides her fate in the instant after a brutal crime leaves her feeling physically and emotionally victimised. And when the mysterious stranger answers his cell phone on a first date in Courting Rituals of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés, our heroine decides she has heard enough to cut short what could have been a passionate love affair. ("I come to my senses all at once. Traitor. Ingrate.") It is in these crucial instants, where fate plays a hand, that Gavalda truly shows off her ability to convey love, longing, loneliness and satisfaction. And perhaps the clarity of these moments is worth more than any full-size French pastry. --Gisele Toueg, Amazon.com

 
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Paperback Editions

June 2008 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere
Author(s): Anna Gavalda
ISBN: 0-09-950601-7 / 978-0-09-950601-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2003 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere
Author(s): Anna Gavalda
ISBN: 1-57322-355-7 / 978-1-57322-355-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

July 2014 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere
Author(s): Anna Gavalda
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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December 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere
Author(s): Anna Gavalda
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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