“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies — I mean books — that were written for one person only… A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy.”


Book news: "The Little French Bistro" out now, published in June 2017!

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop, an extraordinary novel about self-discovery and new beginnings.
With all the buoyant charm that made The Little Paris Bookshop a beloved bestseller, The Little French Bistro is a tale of second chances and a delightful embrace of the joys of life in France.

"George’s engrossing novel is as much about indulging the senses with succulent dishes and dazzling sights as it is about romance and second chances.
With a profound sense of place and sensuous prose, the novel functions as a satisfying virtual visit to the French Riviera.

A luscious and uplifting tale of personal redemption in the tradition of Eat, Pray, Love.”

– The KIRKUS REVIEW about The Little Breton Bistro

Nina George is a prize-winning and bestselling author and journalist who has published 26 novels, mysteries and science thrillers as well as over a hundred short stories and more than 600 newspaper columns.

The Little Paris Bookshop was first published in German as "Das Lavendelzimmer" on May 2, 2013. Set in Provence, this sensual novel deals with heartbreak, solace and the love of books. It has been translated into 335 languages.It has ranked among the top ten novels on Spiegel Magazine’s bestseller list for fiction since May 2013 and entered as well the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list. Currently The Little Paris Bookshop has hit no. 1 of the 'Indie Bestsellers', US bestseller list for paperback / fiction .

“Hits the sweet spot of bestsellers – it’s about old Europe, it’s about a bookseller, it’s got Paris in the title…and it’s got that kind of woo-woo mystical thing going on, like that other big translated fiction title The Alchemist.”
The New York Times

“Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, Nina George’s impressionistic prose takes the reader on a journey not just through the glories of France and the wonders of books, but through the encyclopedic panoply of human emotions. The Little Paris Bookshop is a book whose palette, textures, and aromas will draw you in and cradle you in the redemptive power of love.”
Charlie Lovett, author of The Bookman’s Tale

"If you're looking to be charmed right out of your own life for a few hours, sit down with this wise and winsome novel...Everything happens just as you want it to... from poignant moments to crystalline insights in exactly the right measure."

The Little Paris Bookshop

• Published as "Das Lavendelzimmer" 2013
• Translated into 35 languages
• NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller 2015
• No. 1 of the US 'Indie Bestsellers'

Parisian bookseller Jean Perdu knows exactly which book a customer should read to ease the suffering of the soul. In his floating bookstore, the “Literary Apothecary,” Perdu sells novels as medicine to cure life’s ills.

The only suffering he cannot heal is his own, the broken heart that has plagued him for twenty-one years, ever since the lovely Manon from Provence departed while he slept. All she left behind was a letter—which Perdu could never bring himself to read.

Until one summer—the summer that changes everything and prompts Monsieur Perdu to leave his home on narrow Rue Montagnard.
He embarks on a journey of memories that takes him deep into the heart of Provence and back to the land of the living.

The Little Paris Bookshop is available in 35 countries and languages:

The Little Paris Bookshop

The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives.


The Little Paris Bookshop

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Das Lavendelzimmer

Er weiß genau, welches Buch welche Krankheit der Seele lindert: Auf seinem Bücherschiff verkauft der Pariser Buchhändler Jean Perdu Romane wie Medizin fürs Leben.


Das Lavendelzimmer

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The Little Paris Bookshop

The international bestseller The Little Paris Bookshop is a delightful, bittersweet tale of love, friendship and the healing power of literature.


The Little Paris Bookshop

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La Lettre oubliée

Un roman sur le pouvoir des livres, sur l’amour et sur la magie de la lumière du sud.


La Lettre oubliée

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De Boekenapotheek aan de Seine

Een ode aan het boek en de troostende kracht van literatuur.


De Boekenapotheek aan de Seine

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Una piccola libreria a Parigi

Un romanzo che rende felice chi lo legge, un vero e proprio inno alla lettura.


Una piccola libreria a Parigi

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Lawendowy pokóje

Zachwycająca historia o miłości, która przywraca do życia.


Lawendowy pokóje

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Sabor a Provenza

La trágica y bella historia sobre la vida del librero parisiense Jean Perdu es mucho más que una novela de amor marcada por el placer y el sufrimiento.


Sabor a Provenza

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The Little Paris Bookshop

Pařížský knihkupec Jean Perdu ví naprosto přesně, jaká kniha dokáže zmírnit určitou bolest duše ...



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Levandų kambarys

Gerai žinomų, bet primirštų tiesų apie gyvenim kupina knyga su levandų, tango, meilės ir vyno prieskoniu...


Levandų kambarys

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Det litterære apotek

Jean Perdu selger bøker fra sitt bokskip, Det litterære apotek, og vet hvilke bøker som kurerer sjelekvaler...


Det litterære apotek

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Pariški knjigarnar Jean Perdu prodaja knjige v svoji knjigarni, ki si jo je uredil na ladji, zasidrani ob Seni, kot zdravila ...



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Lavanta Odasi

Hayatı yaşamaya değer kılan şey, özünde var olan güzelliktir ve acılar da bunun ayrılmaz bir parçasıdır ...


Lavanta Odasi

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Lavandu istaba

Lirisks romāns par mīlestību un dzīvi, draudzību un grāmatām ...


Lavandu istaba

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Парижката книжарница

която съдържа изящно написани мисли за живота и страха, тъгата, приятелството и разбира се, за четенето на книги.


Парижката книжарница

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Den Lilla Bokhandeln i Paris

En magisk roman för alla dem som tror att ordets kraft kan läka ett brustet hjärta!


Den Lilla Bokhandeln i Paris



NINA GEORGE , author and activist for author’s rights

Born 1973 in Bielefeld, Germany, Nina George is a prize-winning and bestselling author (“Das Lavendelzimmer” – “The Little Paris Bookshop”) and freelance journalist since 1992, who has published 26 books (novels, mysteries and non-fiction) as well as over hundred short stories and more than 600 columns. George has worked as a cop reporter, columnist and managing editor for a wide range of publications, including Hamburger Abendblatt, Die Welt, Der Hamburger, “politik und kultur” as well as TV Movie and Federwelt. Georges writes also under three pen-names, for ex “Jean Bagnol”, a double-andronym for provence-based mystery novels.

In 2012 and 2013 she won the DeLiA and the Glauser-Prize. In 2013 she had her first bestselling book “Das Lavendelzimmer”, translated into 30 languages and sold more than 800.000 copies.

In November 2011, Nina George established the “JA zum Urheberrecht” (YES on Author’s Rights) initiative, which supports the rights of authors, artists and entertainers and is dedicated to resolving issues within the literary community as well as establishing fair and practical rights-license models for the web-distribution. 14 writers’ associations and 27 publishing partners have since joined the JA…-Initiative. George supports the “Initiative Urheberrecht” (Author’s Rights Initiative— as well as the “gib 8 aufs Wort”-campaign of the VG Wort.

In August 2014 George initiated the Amazon-protest in Germany, where overs 2000 germanspeaking authors – Nobelprizewinnig Elfriede Jelinek or Bestsellingauthor Nele Neuhaus – sign an open letter to Jeff Bezos and Amazon, protesting against the banned-book-methods of the giant retailer in the Hachette/Bonnier-dispute.

In 2015 George is the founder of the Initiative Fairer Buchmarkt e.V., which supports questions of law in daily business of authors – for ex in contracts, fees or author’s rights and e-Business.

George is Member to PEN, Das Syndikat (association of German-language crime writers), the Association of German Authors (VS), the Hamburg Authors’ Association (HAV), BücherFrauen (Women in Publishing), the IACW/AIEP (International Association of Crime Writers), the GEDOK (Association of female artists in Germany), PRO QUOTE and Lean In.

Nina George sits on the board of the Three Seas Writers’ and Translaters’ Council (TSWTC), whose members come from 16 different countries. In May 2015 she was elected to the board of German PEN, and is now official adviser for the topic author’s rights.
George is also on the administrative board of Collecting Society VG Wort.

Nina George teaches writing and coaches young people, adults and professional authors, and also moderates (bilingual) readings (German-English), and works as a speaker on author’s rights and transfer of value in the digital world.

US Booktour 2017


Nina George will read, talk and discuss with you about The Little French Bistro, The Little Paris Bookshop, on writing, politics and french secrets.

Sunday, June 25 | 4:00 PM
RJ Julia in Madison, CT
768 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443

Monday, June 26 | 7:00 PM
Politics & Prose in Washington, DC
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Tuesday, June 27 | 7:00 PM
Anderson’s in Chicago, IL
123 W. Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

Wednesday, June 28 | 7:00 PM
BookPeople in Austin, TX
603 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Thursday, June 29
1) 7:00 PM | Luncheon at the Santaluz Club in San Diego, CA (organized by Warwick’s)
8170 Caminito Santaluz East, San Diego
2) 7:30 PM | Evening event at Warwick’s in La Jolla, CA
7812 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Friday, June 30 | 7:00 PM
Rakestraw Books San Francisco
3 Railroad Ave, Danville, CA 94526

Saturday, July 1 | 7:00 PM
Copperfield’s Books (Healdsburg store) San Francisco
106 Matheson Blvd, Healdsburg, CA 95448


The Little French Bistro

"George’s engrossing novel is as much about indulging the senses with succulent dishes and dazzling sights as it is about romance and second chances.With a profound sense of place and sensuous prose, the novel functions as a satisfying virtual visit to the French Riviera.
A luscious and uplifting tale of personal redemption in the tradition of Eat, Pray, Love.”

"I agree with many of the comments already made about George's ability to build wonderful characters, paint scenes that vibrate with energy, and tell a story too. Her writing touches the heart and not in some sappy, maudlin way. A place of real emotions and desire. Speaking of desire---her intimate scenes are just that, intimate. In body and mind. And not for just spicing things up a bit. She captures the true nature of intimacy."
- thereturn.blogspot

"This book is really about following your dreams."

"Continuing the tradition of her bestselling The Little Paris Bookshop, George gives us another exploration of eccentric characters and sensual descriptions of the pleasures of life. It aims to make your mouth water and your fingers search for the best deal on your next French vacation."

"It has summer read written all over it in invisible ink."

"Ms. George is masterful at painting a picture with language! I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!"

The Little Paris Bookshop

Bookseller's Quotes

“Just finished this beautiful book of love and healing. It's a little treasure. I will enjoy selling it in June. Wish it were available for Mothers Day.”
Joyce Gerstein at The Book Bin

“Everyone should have access to a “literary pharmacist” to prescribe the perfect book for what ails them. Bookstore owner Jean Perdu is a victim of a long ago heartache. While he can cure others, he is unable to quench his own grief. When Perdu's life collides with a reluctant celebrity author, a chef, a neighbor with her own lovelorn past, and an unopened letter, he finds himself launched on a journey to reawaken his life before it is too late. Nina George's novel is a love song to literature and its curative powers. Launch yourself on a trip with Jean Perdu and company. THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP is a journey worth taking.”
Pamela Klinger-Horn from Magers and Quinn and Excelsior Bay Books

“A perfect book for booksellers, lovers, francophiles and the like. I could underline every other sentence in this lovely and delicious novel. An utter delight!”
Annie Philbrick at Bank Square Books

“I absolutely LOVED The Little Paris Bookshop. This book is so well written and beautiful. It is unlike any other book set in Paris that I've read. Not only is it a wonderful book, but it is a great book for book lovers. Aren't those the most fun? I love that it is the story of a bookseller who not only puts a book in the hand of a reader, but a book that will speak to each individual, and comfort them in their own unique way. “Perdu reflected that it is a common misconception that booksellers looked after books. They look after people.” Thank you SO much for sending this gem my way. I am so thrilled that RH will be doing a Paris display this year. In Healdsburg, I often have a Paris display up, and I cannot wait till this book is front and center. It is truly a special novel that I can't wait to start recommending.”
Kaitlin Smith, Copperfield’s, Healdsburg

“The title is a bit of a misnomer – it should really be called “The Little Paris Bookshop Takes On The World.” The main character, Jean P., buys a floating barge and turns it into a floating book apothecary. He believes that books can heal you, and has the ability to read a person’s soul and figure out what book to prescribe them. However, after losing his love twenty years previously, he has turned himself off to any emotions. When he un-moors his little bookshop from the shore and goes on his adventures, he brings a writer with writer’s block and encounters a host of other characters on this voyage. His travels awaken the passions he has forgotten, and through food, dancing, thinking and looking, he finds what he has been missing for so long.”
Christy P of BookPeople

“Over the weekend I finished Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. I really enjoyed this one! I was a little hesitant because the cover seemed a bit…fluffy, but I am so glad I dove into the story and let it sweep me away. I was super intrigued by the Literary Apothecary, and I love the idea of prescribing books to heal a soul; that’s what we do! Nina does an amazing job with integrating positive and negative characteristics into the characters, as well as bringing the story arc to a satisfying conclusion. I would love to see this on the Indie Next list!”
Colleen at Joseph-Beth in Lexington

“I really enjoyed the Little Paris Bookshop - It would be a very fun movie because of all the quirky characters and the Paris countryside - going through the canals etc. It would be a fun “light” summer book group selection. There is plenty to chew on regarding how we deal with grieving and living! Actually this is the first book I was enthusiastic about for awhile and I'll enjoy recommending it.”
Polly Gorder, Book Passage, Corte Madera

“A testament to love—lost, sought, and found—and the healing power of books, the tango and Provence. We meet aging bookseller Jean Perdu dispensing novel prescriptions for all the travails of the heart from his floating literary pharmacy moored along the banks of the Seine. We join him and a writers’ block beset author phenon, in their odyssey down the canals of France. Wise, humorous and heart breaking, The Little Paris Bookshop joins last year’s gem, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, in that small clutch of novels that celebrate small bookstores and the treasures they hold.”
Susan Voake, Norwich Bookstore

“Booklovers and booksellers unite! I so loved The Little Paris Bookstore, and was so enchanted when I finished it last night; but I felt with utter trepidation, how in the world can I find another book as engrossing and beautiful? We take a voyage on a barge/bookshop down the Seine on a mission of love and loss. Our protagonist refers to himself as "the literary apothecary", as he is a man with such love for literature and remarkable insights into his customers interior struggles and needs, that he has the uncanny ability to thrust just the right book which will help and heal the customers' anxieties. I really identified with him, because part of the love I have as a bookseller is to pick our customers' brains (in a friendly, non aggressive way) to help them find the right book. Just the other day, for example, a woman confided in me that she is going through menopause, and could I help her find something soothing to read. Back to the book, What happens when a man, who for 21 years, mourns the desertion of the love of his life, and leaves, unread, his lover's letter to him on her departure? There is so very much wisdom here (and a little sex as well). The ending is such a treat, and such a surprise. Thank you so much for sending it to me. I can't wait for its publication when I can share the joy of reading it with others. It is both heartbreaking and breathtaking.”
Darby Collins-Smith, Books & Books FL

Press Reviews

“Hits the sweet spot of bestsellers – it’s about old Europe, it’s about a bookseller, it’s got Paris in the title…and it’s got that kind of woo-woo mystical thing going on, like that other big translated fiction title The Alchemist.”
New York Times
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“Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, Nina George’s impressionistic prose takes the reader on a journey not just through the glories of France and the wonders of books, but through the encyclopedic panoply of human emotions. The Little Paris Bookshop is a book whose palette, textures, and aromas will draw you in and cradle you in the redemptive power of love.”
Charlie Lovett, author of The Bookman’s Tale

„Must read Number One: The Independent (UK)”

„A beautiful story of grief, companionship, forgiveness and building a life worth living. A vulnerable, relatable tale of great love and loss, missed opportunities and moving on, The Little Paris Bookshop is, like the books its main characters recommends, medicine for the wounded soul.”

„New & Noteworthy”
USA Today

„You just have to read it, trust me!”
The Armchairlibrary

„I would definitely recommend this to any book nerd out there, or anyone who would describe themselves as a bit of a dreamer. It’s brilliant!”
Hello Magazine I The Blog

USA Today II - It's an Indie Next Pick of independent bookstores, natch. "A journey worth taking," says Pamela Klinger-Horn of Excelsior Bay Books in Excelsior, Minn.

„I’m just back from a week of blue skies and sparkling seas where I read a real gem of a book that is my book of the year so far. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George is superbly written and flows effortlessly. You read and reread phrase after evocative phrase. I couldn't’ put it down. The characters lingered long after I had finished it and the sense of time and place made me want to book a flight to Paris immediately. Jean Perdu runs a bookshop from a beautifully restored barge on the Seine. It is no mere bookshop in Monsieur Perdu’s eyes. To his customers it is a ‘literary apothecary’ to soothe their troubled souls. But Monsieur P cannot cure his own secret grief. When an enigmatic new neighbour comes to live in his apartment building on Rue Montagnard his life is changed completely. You will LOVE it. ”
Patricia Scanlan, Like Magazine (UK)

„A book for lovers of all things French, especially of a leisurely journey by barge through France's beautiful countryside.”
Illawarra Mercury

„You do not have to a book-lover to enjoy this particular work.”
Ballarat Courier

„A floating Bookshop on the Seine and a troubled man ‘prescribing’ books to his customers to ease their troubled minds. The unearthing of a long lost letter from his lost love prompts him to reclaim his own life. A book filled with a plethora of emotions, loved it! ”
Dymocks Lane Cove

„Filled with humour and joie de vivre, it is a joy to read. Yet its themes are serious – friendship, lost love, grief and new beginnings.”
Sunday Star Times.

„Nina George clearly believes in the power of the novel to fix what ails you.’”
Book of the Week, New Zealand Woman’s Weekly.

“The idea of books as a cure for all sorts of ailments lies at the heart of this quirky story about bookseller Jean Perdu, who runs a bookstore called The Literary Apothecary from a floating barge on the Seine.”
Review, Weekend Herald.

„This is a powerful and thought-provoking study of loss, of grief denied, of the meaning of friendship, of letting go and starting again.”
Review, Your Weekend.

„There is pleasing gentle humour, amusing characters and lots of French-ness to appeal to Francophiles.”
Review, Herald on Sunday.

„Parisian bookseller Jean Perdu has a rare gift; he can sense which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. But he has nursed a broken heart for 21 years after the love of his life fled Paris, leaving a handwritten note Jean has never dared to read. Now might be the time to find his beloved. For fans of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry says Little, Brown.”
The Bookseller

“Filled with humour and joie de vivre, it is a joy to read. Yet its themes are serious – friendship, lost love, grief and new beginnings.”
Interview, Sunday Star Times.

“Nina George clearly believes in the power of the novel to fix what ails you.”
Book of the Week, New Zealand Woman’s Weekly.

“The idea of books as a cure for all sorts of ailments lies at the heart of this quirky story about bookseller Jean Perdu, who runs a bookstore called The Literary Apothecary from a floating barge on the Seine.”
Review, Weekend Herald.

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‘The Little Paris Bookshop’ is such a wonderful tale of love, life and loss, with plenty of literary references for every possible ailment. It really is a marvel – and one of the prettiest covers I’ve seen in a while! Read more>>

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“This is a powerful and thought-provoking study of loss, of grief denied, of the meaning of friendship, of letting go and starting again.”
Review, Your Weekend.

“There is pleasing gentle humour, amusing characters and lots of French-ness to appeal to Francophiles.”
Review, Herald on Sunday.

“I haven't reread a book in ages. I have so many books on my TBR list that it seems silly to not move on to the next. But as soon as I turned the last page of this sweet book, I turned it over and wanted to start it all over again. I'm jealous of those who get to read it for the first time. ...”
Bethany, Goodreads
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“This book is a journey that leads straight to the reader’s heart. Sappy as that may sound, it is the absolute truth.”
WDR, Christine Westermann, July 14, 2013

“A clever, moving novel”

“Hamburg author Nina George deserves our respect. She masterfully sidesteps the potential for trashiness inherent in her material and instead tells a story that is as poetic as it is charming. The novel is filled with highly quotable observations about life and death, fear and sorrow, friends and friendship. It is a euphoric declaration of love for literature as the “food of life,” complete with a literary “first-aid kit” at the end of the book. Summer reading at its finest!”

“A wonderfully charming book”
SAT 1 FRÜHSTÜCKSFERNSEHEN, 9/3/2013 - Peter Hetzel

“A charming and moving story!”

“A terrific story about love and hope.”
TV MOVIE, 5/24/2013

“A captivating, passionate novel. (...) An experience that lends itself to dreaming!”

“A delightful beach read! [...] Tears were running down my face as I devoured the last page, and I wished there had been a warning on the cover: ‘Caution: May lead to tears.’ Good thing there wasn’t a warning after all, because then I might not have read the book. Likely I’d have given the novel a pass and missed a truly entertaining story. Life’s inherent beauty is what makes it worth living—and sorrow is part of the deal.”

“In my view, this is a novel with outstanding literary merit. One must devote time to the reading of it, since the story works its way into the soul. The most welcome surprise I’ve had in a long time! Not to be missed!”

“Engagingly entertaining, wonderfully enticing to all the senses. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is an experience that will make readers thank their lucky stars.”

“A wonderful novel about life and the power of love.”

“This tragic yet endearing story follows the life of the Parisian bookseller, Jean Perdu. And yet it is far more than a mere romance novel dominated by love and loss. Nina George’s masterful storytelling allows the reader to grasp the real meaning of ‘savior vivre,” to experience a fascinating cruise along French canals and feel the magic of Provence. In the end, you will be all set to pack your bags.”

LEA, 6/5/2013

GONG, 6/7/2013

“With this lyrical novel about love and life, power and books, Nina George delivers a tale that will delight and enchant readers and transport them to the wonderful world of Provence.”

“A story that does the heart good.”
GRAZIA, 6/20/2013

“Nina George does a outstanding job of immersing the reader directly in France’s unique flair. Many locations in Paris—the city’s streets and alleys, the neighbors living at No. 27 Rue Montagnard, the concierge—it all feels so intimate. This novel deserves the highest praise.”
BUCHTIPS.NET, 6/24/2013 “

A romantic and emotionally compelling read.”

“A charming, literary journey that touches the reader’s soul. A tale of love, life and the courage to have faith in oneself and take a chance.”

“The notion of a literary apothecary, where books are sold as medicine, is as original as it is clever. The author describes the characters, some of whom are rather shady, with sensitivity and humor, making them come to life before the reader’s eyes. All told, The Little Paris Bookshop is a compassionate and thoughtful story with a measure of humor, told in a finely nuanced style. It is a truly lovely book, a light read but also a thought-provoking one. An excellent vacation entertainment—even for those who stay at home.
NDR 2, 7/14/2013

“Nina George’s novel is a book that offers comfort to those who have lost something important in their lives and who must learn to live with loss. (…) The captivating voice turns the novel into a real page-turner. One can literally smell the scent of lavender and feel the warmth of sunny Provence. A wonderful tale about love and life.
SUITE101.DE, 6/6/2013

“The Little Paris Bookshop is a novel for everyone who loves books. It is a love story told with compassion.”
FREIE PRESSE, 7/19/2013

“A narrative that flows effortlessly, combined with moments of downright immediacy that carry the story like a melody and yet serve a deeper purpose than merely framing the scenes and situations, avoid a narrow focus and give the book a broader scope. Kudos to Nina George—I am impressed.”

“The author’s facility with the language involves all the senses. The result is an enchanting love story filled with poetic force.”

“The Little Paris Bookshop is a thoughtful, compelling and humorous story. The strong voice and frequently lyrical language lend the novel a special charm.”

“The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is a beautiful novel about the magic of books and love.”

“An enchanting, thought-provoking story.”

“The Little Paris Bookshop is a novel with many wonderful elements. It is beautifully written, tells a moving story and transports the reader to the lovely region of Provence, including detailed descriptions of fine food and the “art de vivre.” A marvelous beach read!”
MADONNA, 7/17/2013

“The Little Paris Bookshop is one of those books that you can’t help loving. Wonderful characters and plenty of Provençale flair make one just a bit homesick—but in the best sense of the word. You could easily imagine finding the novel in Jean Perdu’s literary apothecary.”
DER SONNTAG, 8/4/2013

“A wonderful book.”

“A truly beautiful book, one that shows how important it is to ‘grieve’ and that it takes time to work through one’s grief.”

“In writing The Little Paris Bookshop,” Nina George delivers a wonderful, sensitive novel that is as charming as it is spellbinding. A terrific story about life, love, pain, sorrow, despair and above all—hope.”

“A charming novel about love and the power of books.”

“A beautiful novel for those who are unhappy in love or looking for consolation and anyone who loves a good story well told—a road movie filled with magic, light and sunshine.”

“The scenery of southern France will put you in the mood for a vacation.”


Writer's life

On writing

It disrupts marriages and irritates Muggles. At its best, it strips nice people bare and drives them to drink in desperation. It demands nothing less than their very lives and in return it delivers relentless doubt and a precarious livelihood. In short, it is the writing life.

Nina George (41), international best-selling author and BücherFrau member, delivered the keynote address titled On Writing before the 140 established and emerging authors attending the Deutsche Schreibtage 2014 (German Writer’s Conference) in Berlin. Excerpts of the address now appear for the first time on the BücherFrauen blog.

“What? You want to be a writer?!” my grandmother exclaimed. “Good lord, that’s no way to catch a husband.”

Which brings us to the first truth about writing. You will have to resolutely turn your back on ordinary reality and toss out the rules, advice and fears of non-writers.

I’ve been a professional writer for 22 years—since the age of 19. Now that I’m 41, I have been a writer longer than a non-writer. Since the age of 16, not a single week has passed in which I did not write or think about what I was going to write, not a week where I did not revise what I had written or speak about the writing process. Throughout it all, I have been driven by a profound sense of doubt: Am I getting to the truth? Am I expressing this truth clearly enough? What should I write about tomorrow? A life like this cannot help but leave its mark on a person’s psyche.

All the sex we writers describe. The murders planned and carried out on the page. So many yearnings, the foul moods, the glorious euphoria, the desperate search for words. So much living and observing, the plundering of our inner selves—all for the sake of telling a story! The alcohol, the long nights, the endless doubts. Who is going to read this? How will I survive the night if I can’t come up with even one line of truth? A former colleague of mine, who unfortunately passed away, once told me: “Honey, writing is not for the faint of heart.”

So what is writing all about? (Apart from being one of the three most dubious professions, right up there with journalism and politics.)

Ten things you should know about the writing life:

1. Writing will strip you bare
Ernest Hemingway wrote in the nude, even while standing up. Victor Hugo used to lock himself in his room naked while writing the Hunchback of Notre Dame. James Riley wrote in the buff to prevent himself from heading down to the bar and tossing back one drink after another, while Agatha Christie plotted cold-blooded murder while lying naked in a hot bath. But this external nakedness is not what I’m talking about. I mean the internal kind.

It’s often difficult to put one’s finger precisely on what sets a good book apart from an unforgettable, moving story. It isn’t the word choice, voice, pacing or characters. No, it has to do with the author’s inner force, the attitude that the writer brings to the storytelling. This force, this attitude, is what I call daring to be naked.

The more an author strips herself bare—brazenly, clearly and bluntly saying what she (or he) really wants to express with meaningful, carefully chosen words and heartfelt, unfiltered emotion—the more powerful the story will feel.

Beginning writers shy away from literally stripping themselves bare, especially when it comes to the dark, unsettled aspects of life. When it comes to sex. Or the desire to kill. Overindulgence in alcohol. Envy. The feeling one gets when two men kiss. The brutality of childhood. The drive to commit suicide, the fear of death, the smell of the hospital floor where a loved one lies dying.

After all, the more authentic the writing, the more naked and exposed the author feels, and she may have to put up with questions like, “Do you really write about sex? Have you done all those things yourself?” Or: “Why do you write about murder so much? How does your husband feel about that?” Or even: “Is your story autobiographical in some way?”

A writer has to be able to endure this sort of thing.

Anyone who wishes to write about dangerous, unconventional, difficult things, about things that go beyond social conventions, will strip herself bare. Every time. If not, her story will be intolerably tedious, since by trying to please everyone, she will inspire no one.

Life is too short for feeble stories that stomp on the literary brakes. Take a stand! Strip yourself bare!

By the way, it helps to write in the nude from time to time. Try it sometime. Maybe not right this minute…wait till you get home. Which brings us to a point that is closely related to being naked:

2. Writing is having a room of one’s own

A writer needs three things: paper, a pen—and a room of her own. A physical space, but also a temporal, intellectual one. In any case, one that is private. I have an Israeli colleague whose house is bursting at the seams. Whenever he enters “his” mental writing room, he puts on an enormous purple hat that belonged to his grandmother, which sends a message to his five grandchildren: I’m not here. The children respect this magic trick, and the hat gives him space to think.

A friend of mine who writes crime fiction seeks out the Berlin University Library. Jonathan Franzen rents an office on an industrial estate for each novel and works on an old IBM laptop without Internet access. When a Hamburg-based author lies on the couch and stares at the ceiling, her children have learned to read her message loud and clear: “Mom’s not sleeping, honey. She’s working.”

A colleague in Edinburgh is a pedicurist in his other life. While massaging other people’s calluses, he’s thinking about his next novel and sits down to write it in his empty salon after hours, before heading home to the noisy apartment he shares with roommates.

A room of one’s own—you’ll find them everywhere. Claim one for yourself. When your children are out of the house, the play room is yours. Make it your refuge. Writing needs privacy, but not everyone can afford to build her sanctuary next door to the bedroom.

A room of your own is the living space for your writing, a refuge for the mind. It gives you independence and the solitude you need to finally hear your own voice. You are free here, behind closed doors. It’s where you can be wicked, excited, crazy, childish without anyone watching. Where you can be YOURSELF.

3. Writing disrupts relationships

It is unfortunate, but women in my workshops often tell me that the men in their lives feel threatened by their writing, disparaging it as merely “typing” or “scribbling.” The object of such jealousy is an activity in which, to the man’s annoyance, SHE has no need or desire for anyone. Or perhaps it is an occupation that builds a better world than the one he has to offer. There are many reasons why men resent their partners’ artistic achievements.

These women get up two hours earlier than usual in the morning in order to write in secret on the top of the toilet tank; they write while riding the train to their primary jobs; they hide their notebooks in laundry detergent boxes. A few men told me about girlfriends whose jealousy drove them to wipe their partner’s hard disks clean of files. The author May Wilson once said, “I left my husband for my art long before he left me for other women.”

All art—writing, painting or composing—demands a piece of you. If you don’t give art what it wants, it will torment you more than your husband does.

Unless you are willing to give up your writing—or your husband or wife—you must learn to manage an open ménage a trois. Both relationships require time, attention—and love. They both do.

4. Writing will drive you to drink

Writers are twice as likely to develop a serious drinking problem than non-writers. Two or three drinks make it easier—apparently—to trust one’s ideas, to tap the well of creativity and above all to open the door to that otherworld from which our stories flow. Alcohol is the ticket to transcendence.

Not only is writing bright, passionate, pure, rational and intellectual, it is also dirty, demonic, fear-inspiring. Drinking while writing was long considered essential to creativity. Normal people wake up the morning after and groan, “Oh, my poor head…” Authors say, “Oh, what a terrible chapter…”

I’m not going to encourage you to either to indulge or to abstain. Let me just say this: I’m damned happy I’ve learned to write without cigarettes and can face my demons without a drink in hand.

However, one thing I do want to impress on you is this: Never use social media while drunk.

5. To write is to read

Artists practice many rituals to get into the right frame of mind for writing. Since muses rarely show up from 9 to 5 to offer their input and deliver a profusion of words, authors must keep preparing their minds and souls for the creative and revision process on a daily basis. Writing often demands discipline, resistance to distraction and forcing oneself to buckle down to work day in and day out.

Colette liked to delouse her cats before writing. Schiller sniffed dried apples. A colleague of mine cleans her kitchen—and many others read passages in a book.

The best choice is a book they hate, one that is so bad it boosts their confidence in their own creative abilities.

Or they pick a book they love and admire. A book they’ve been reading every day for the past 30 years. Most importantly, one that brings forth that internal buzz, the state of relaxed tension in which free writing comes so easily. These books are motivational reading, far removed from the writer’s own voice, plot and inner life. They are catalyst books. I turn to authors such as Jon Kalman Stefansson, Anna Gavalda, Dominique Manotti  and Erica Jong to induce the buzz when it’s absent. What’s more, unlike alcohol, you can indulge early in the day.

What is your catalyst, the book that entices and seduces you, that motivates you to write?

6. Writing will give you a split personality

When it comes to handling criticism—from agents, writing coaches, editors, reviewers, critics or your own mother—one of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard comes from a book by Dorothea Brande, written in 1934: Becoming a Writer.

Her advice is to split oneself into two personalities. At least two. One personality is the artist, complete with all her complexities—childish playfulness, curious enthusiasm, passion, narcissism, unplumbed depths, sensitivity, boozing, unbridled desire to create. This is the side that absorbs the world and writes. The other personality, strictly separated from the first, is the inner censor, the internal critic—or, as I like to call her: the skilled craftswoman.

This part of you is not strictly required during the writing process, Brande says. You need her for revisions, which can begin only minutes after creation. Sometimes, the two sides switch off so rapidly that you are hardly aware of the transitions. You need the craftswoman—the critic—in the planning stage and in dealing with self-imposed or external critiques. If activated too early, however, your inner censor will slow down the creative process by offering comments such as: “Who would ever want to read this … what makes you think you can do this…your mother will be horrified...”

If you cannot avoid criticism, call forth your inner craftswoman. She is the only one capable of separating the work’s quality from its creator and the context from which it emerged. After all, when reader comments or criticism hurts us so terribly, it’s only because we absorb the words in our role as sensitive, damaged, vulnerable artists. Not as craftswomen who can clearly tell overly subjective comments apart from constructive criticism.

Beware of becoming so thin-skinned and vain that you avoid or disregard criticism of your work. Develop a strong, knowledgeable, emancipated craftswoman deep inside, and I promise you in all sincerity that feedback will never again wound you to your very soul. Because the craftswoman is able to differentiate between criticism that is important, unimportant—and utterly nonsensical.

7. Writing is about perception and leaving yourself behind

Now and then, journalists ask me where my ideas come from or whether I have a very fertile imagination. Usually, I refer them to this website: www.guteideenfü (Good Ideas for Writers). Or I tell them the truth: I don’t make anything up.

It’s all real. Because I pay close attention to the world around me. For a long time now, I haven’t had to invent anything—it’s all there, in abundance, in this world and all the others. Writing does not mean searching deep inside yourself. For me, the essence of writing is careful observation.

Seeing. Hearing. Listening! Feeling. Empathizing. Sympathizing. Putting oneself in another’s shoes. Not overthinking. Thinking. Reflecting. Sometimes letting yourself be driven to thoughts, that erratic thinking you experience just before falling asleep, when everything you’ve heard, seen and read undergoes a chemical reaction and gives birth to an idea. Perception of the world.

Perception is always a matter of desire. Some people really don’t enjoy sitting in a drafty café and watching people, which, by the way, is an activity that never led me to single idea. I prefer to watch people in the sauna or shoppers in an H&M clothing store as they admire themselves in the mirror. Or the way restaurant patrons treat the waiter when they’re trying to impress someone.

Everyone has their own special way to perceive the world. Feelings fly at me; all my senses are hyper-sensitive, which is both wonderful and terrible at the same time. My husband is extraordinarily good at interpreting silences. Find out how you perceive your world—are you a visual or auditory person? Do you feel deeply? What you absorb and how you absorb your surroundings is the source from which you draw your stories, your characters, colors, landscapes, sounds.

This is why narcissists rarely write good books. They are always writing about the particular landscape of their navels.

8. Writing means finding your own theme

It took me around eighteen years to discover what I really wanted to write about. Over the years, I’ve had plenty of time to practice and thereby develop the ability to write about what truly interests me. My writing routine and moxie are well developed, practiced, and I’m now ready to plumb more (thematic) depths.

In my opinion, one of the two life-long missions that a writer must undertake is to discover her real theme—and to simultaneously flex her writing muscles in order to reverently refine this theme to the best of her ability and turn it into literature. It is what he or she must want to learn over the course of a lifetime. No matter how long it takes.

Giving up is not an option. Remember: writing = not for the faint of heart.

It took me 20 years to become famous overnight—from 1993 to 2013, when The Little Paris Bookshop landed on the bestseller list. This long journey was necessary. I had to live, write a great deal, love and weep. I had to lose everything before I could write what I was capable of, what really interested me. Everyone must follow their own journey. Usually a painful one.

The Little Paris Bookshop was the result of a breakthrough. I’d always known I wanted to write about death, about the fear of death and how this fear holds us back from living life to the fullest. This is my theme, and I will return to it over and over again.

In the coming years, find the answers to these questions: What am I compelled to write about? And: “What am I able to write about? These things are not always the same. Sometimes you have to hone your skills before you can address your true interest as a writer to the best of your abilities. Let me submit two requests—with due consideration and yet conviction:
1. Never imitate another writer.
2. I forget.
Add your own rule here ________________________________________, because writing is also this: Never listen to those who have made it. After all, no two people follow the same route to success. Yours will be different than mine, different than Nele Neuhaus’s, and Stephen King’s.

9. Writing is never being able to say it all

I spent four or five weeks thinking about this 30-minute speech, feeling my way into it. I talked to colleagues about their writing. I revisited the turning points in my writing life. I reread books where authors reported on their lives as writers. How they drank too much, loved, failed and worried. How they got their butts in gear and how they lost face. I drowned myself in the sources—this short speech emerged from dozens of hours spent thinking, reading, discussing, dreaming, remembering, deciding and leaving a great deal unsaid. And writing is like that too: Accept that you must make a decision and are never able to tell the whole story.

You book, your short story, is only the tip of the iceberg. The countless hours you spend feeling, thinking ,researching and revising remain hidden from view.

10. Writing is to be misunderstood (by those you love)

Because to write—come on, YOU…want…to write? You, of all people? You want to practice this…at best…exotic hobby? Shouldn’t we leave it up to someone like Günter Grass? Isn’t it for people who have something to say, or even worse, who think they have something to say? Who do you think you are, dreaming that you can do this? Do you really have what it takes? Is there even anything left to be said? Do you actually think you could write the next Harry Potter? You? Are you trying to get rich or something? Give me a break!

When a person admits that he or she is going to write something—this incredibly thrilling, joyful, heroic confession leaves the people around them with a queasy, disturbing feeling. If you spend much time with people like this, you notice something else. They feel less and less capable of writing. They’re crippled. Oppressed. Congratulations: They’ve fallen victim to belittlement.

Beware of people who want to bring you down. In the face of doubt, guard your secret of becoming a writer.

Set up a writers’ group in your neighborhood. Even if you have only two members, you will breathe more easily, think more clearly and write better if you occasionally get together with likeminded people who enjoy exploring worlds. This is the place where no one will look at you with scorn, pity or bafflement simply because you want to write. Where no one thinks you should be less noisy, less amusing, less serious or less despairing. Which brings us to what is probably the ultimate truth: No one will understand who you are and what you do better than other writers. Welcome to the club of world explorers, people for whom one reality is never enough.

On Writing. With this keynote address, Nina George opened the Deutsche Schreibtage 2014, which took place on November 1, 2014 in Berlin.

On becoming an international bestselling author

Nina George reports on her journey to international literary fame.

How do you say “Lavendelzimmer” in Latvian? What is a double taxation treaty? Which sex scenes did the U.S. publisher ask to be revised? Nina George’s bestseller, Das Lavendelzimmer (The Little Paris Bookshop), has been translated into 26 languages. In her essay for Federwelt, the author discusses the joys and setbacks she has encountered in her literary career as well as the peculiarities of the international book market.

November 18, 2013, 8 p.m.: “Are you sitting down?” my agent asks.

“No, but I’m lying down. On the carpet with Daniel Kehlmann.”

“Good. Put the Kehlmann aside for the moment. Crown has requested a pre-empt. New York is giving us an ultimatum until five o’clock. Do you want to know how much they’re offering?”

“Nah,” I lie. There is no way this can be happening. I picture my agent sitting on her moving boxes, eating pizza and drinking red wine. You never get calls like this in real life. It’s past five o’clock, in any case. I must have fallen asleep over the Kehlmann book and I’m having a disjointed dream. After all, my life has been nothing but chaos for the past six months. I wrote a novel that surprisingly outsold the publisher’s projections by a whopping 849 percent. I don’t know what I did right. I’ve been on all the bestseller lists for months, and yet it still feels strange to see my name there. The critic Denis Scheck called my novel “dumb” and “frivolous,” while thousands of readers wrote letters telling me how much Das Lavendelzimmer consoled them in their grief over the death of a loved one. Despite everything, my father—my confidant, my inner strength—is still dead. He doesn’t know that his offbeat daughter, who feverishly wrote a story about books and grief in ten short weeks, will soon see her work read in Italian, Finnish and Chinese. And in 23 other languages, enough to console the whole world. And yet, my bedroom ceiling leaks, and I’m asleep on the carpet, unaware of what is going on.

An obscene offer
My agent pauses for dramatic effect before shouting Crown’s offer in my ear—a six-figure number in dollars. It’s only four p.m. in New York. I have one hour to decide. Then we both scream into the phone and dance a wild jig, my agent in her pajamas.

With its pre-empt, Crown secured the U.S. translation rights to Das Lavendelzimmer, thus avoiding an auction and the need to compete against other potential buyers.

I now share a publisher with Michelle Obama and Gillian Flynn. I can’t begin to imagine what has happened to me.

The Italians acre difficult, the Americans jealous
A miracle is what has happened. Or perhaps a logical progression, because once the ball gets rolling, this is how it goes: The German book market is the third largest in the world, after the United States and China. When a German novel lands among the top five hardcover titles on the SPIEGEL bestseller list, the scouts perk up and take a closer look. Italy is considered a difficult market, but when the Italian publisher, Sperling & Kupfer, buys a German title, the U.K. also pays attention—the Italians are known to have a keen eye for good material. When England acquires a book, the Americans get all territorial. An English-language edition means access to the world market, Hollywood and aggravation. New York prefers to keep the world market, Hollywood and aggravation to itself: Random House and its Broadway imprint, for instance. Once Broadway gets on board, Taiwan and China become restive. Meanwhile, Russia…

My head hurts as I listen to my agent explain what it really means for an author to be translated into 26 languages. It means fame, merciless Goodreads reviews and a new photo for the dust jackets. It also means filling out exemption forms for double taxation treaties—in Korean, Finnish and Italian. My tax advisors feel the stress, both globally and locally. For each contract, I must wait an average of two years to get my money. I will receive huge e-book percentages in markets where digital piracy has destroyed the e-book market (the Netherlands and Spain). While bibliophile cultures pay enormous percentages, the readership in these countries is so small, I could stand every fan a round of drinks from the royalties I’ve earned there (Latvia, Bulgaria). Then there are markets like the United States, where people toss around six-figure numbers (of any kind) as easily as we German engage in lamentation.

At the time this article is published, I will be giving a reading in Riga. In English, with the Latvian translation projected onto a movie screen. Kind of insane, I think.

Cover and title design: voluptuous blondes and old-world Europe
The novel’s title and cover are getting a complete makeover in all countries. The Italian image has a voluptuous blonde strolling along a shady lane. The United States and the U.K. chose The Little Paris Bookshop as the title (“old-world Europe rocks!”) and placed the Eiffel Tower in a dramatic panorama. The Dutch cover shows a riverboat bookshop sailing down the Seine. The French associate “lavender” (Lavendel in the book’s German title) with laundry detergent rather than Provence and rewrote the title entirely: The Forgotten Letter. Because Poland has active reader communities, the Polish publisher replaced the customary blurb and its few lines of praise with reader reviews on the back of the book and inside the cover. Ever since the first six translations were published, I’ve been answering messages on Facebook from Poland, Italy and Spain, from California and Tunisia. The whole world is reading my work.

And I’m reading the whole world.

Have I mentioned that all this attention is not making it any easier or more pleasant to write the next book? Success has invited writer’s block in a way that failure never did. In the past, I “only” had to worry about language, voice and plot. Now I agonize over “substance.” Will my next book be “substantive” enough to embrace the whole world?

It took me a year to banish my fears, and now I’ve come up with material that is powerful enough. However, I still need to grow into it.

The captains of literature: female, tough as nails and sincere
Let me end with a couple of observations I find particularly pertinent to the steampunk submarine known as the “international book market.” The captains and navigators in publishing are women! From agents to list managers, women negotiate with other women on everything from money and content to sales. The translators, on the other hand, are male. Men virtually rewrite the book. They seek linguistic images that will resonate in Israel, Norway or Russia. They look for a comprehensible equivalent for “Wünschlichkeit“ (“wishableness”), one of the new words than Max invents for Samy in Das Lavendelzimmer. The Americans get all finicky when it comes to the graphic nature of my erotic scenes. They prefer to leave a lot of it up to the imagination: more Barbie doll sexlessness, less Anais Nin eroticism. It’s because of the linguistic censorship that Apple imposes on e-books. Too much explicit sex means the book won’t be sold through iBooks. At least not without ******.

However, the author has the final say. Always. And I want to keep the ******.

The agents and publishers always sign their first names to their e-mails: Vanessa, Cecile, Mirjam. From New York to Paris, they write: “Best regards/Yours, Christine, Rowan, Anna, Hedda, Elise.” They discuss money with the cold clarity of a glass of vodka. No dancing around the issue as is so often the case in Germany. What’s even more cathartic, though, is the praise I’ve received from Cecile, Rowan, Anna, Hedda and Christine.

No praise for my work has ever been as profuse and sincere as the compliments I’ve received from these foreign publishers in Paris, New York, Rome, Amsterdam and Riga. First they bought my book, then they wrote me long letters explaining what they liked about it.

I suspect the reluctance to compliment authors and their novels is a typically German phenomenon. What if it makes the author too expensive? Or if the accolades go to her head? Or if she becomes…somehow…too difficult to work with? Nonsense! Bring on the praise, my dear German book people! It is pure joy. And just between you and me, it will not necessarily make us more expensive. It will make us better.

But that is a story for another day.


Bookclub questions: THE LITTLE FRENCH BISTRO

What elements of the story line affected you most personally? Was it Marianne’s loneliness? The way she boldly set out on a journey through a foreign country without knowing a word of the language?

Which character(s) did you identify with the most and why? Were there any characters that left you feeling perplexed or annoyed? Why?

The landscape is as much a protagonist in the book as the human characters (and to some extent, the animal ones). Is there a place, a region, a season where you feel especially at home? Why? What appealed to you most about the Breton landscape as described—the light, the sea, the rocks, the stillness, the wildness?

Food, music, and friendship: These are the essential ingredients that help Marianne reclaim her life. What things do you need in order to feel entirely, truly, and deeply alive?

Religion, superstition, and a woman’s wisdom: Some scenes in the book touch on spiritual planes beyond the realm of established religions. What role do such planes have to play in today’s world? How does belief in mythical forces, the invisible world beyond our physical one, change the characters in The Little French Bistro?

Most often, we cannot change our lives from one day to the next by making only a single decision. Instead, it takes many small steps to explore a new path. What steps did Marianne take in The Little French Bistro that surprised you? Were there other paths you would have liked to see Marianne take?

Love between people who “have a few more years under their belt than others” is rarely the subject of a novel. Why do we sometimes find it difficult to believe that older people are capable of the same insane longings, hopes, relationship troubles, or desires as the young? Did you find the depiction of the characters’ lifestyles, most of whom are between 60 and 70 years old, relatable? Surprising?

Which of the characters in the book would you like to meet in real life? Where and on what occasion? What would you like to ask them?

It’s said that books have the power to heal. They can change lives and cast the world in a new light. Do you have the sense that The Little French Bistro has given you something that you could use in your life? Another perspective? A different understanding of culture? An idea that you have long wanted to try out in your life?

If you had the chance to ask the author a question, what would it be?

If this book were to be made into a movie, who would you cast in the different roles?


A bookseller that sells books like medicine – what do you think about the „healing“ factor of books? Are they helpful to ease the pain, to relax broken hearts or melancholy, do they help to find better ways to live and think and feel? What did you have „learned“ from books? Do you have a favourite book, and what does it make you feel like – alive, safe, free?

Monsieur Perdu is putting all his emotions and memories in a room, called the Lavender Room (The Origin Title in Germany, by the way). Do you agree, one can lock all their feelings away, all the things we would like to forget? Is their an inner room in each of us? Or a sort of space like diarys or chats with a friend?

At some point Perdu says that we internalize all our dead loved ones and broken love stories, because they make us what we actually are, if we forget them we will disappear with them. What do you think about it?

The Death of the Deer in Chapter 26 is a high emotional, dramatic and painful scene. Did you cry? And why? (Spoiler: Nina George puts that into the book to make the reader feel exactly like Monsieur Perdu: Helpless and sorry). Sometimes we need deep emotions to crack up the inner ice in us. Do you agree?

Manon is falling in love with two men. But she is not a bad woman. Have you ever met people who have hearts for more than one? Or is that „just“ a phase in life of every young adult like her being around mid-twenty?

The ensemble of „The Little Paris Bookshop“ has their own „losts“. Cuneo had lost his love, Max his skills to write, Catherine the safety of a grey life, Madame Claudine Gulliver lost her youth, Manon lost her home. In some ways, all ist about loosing. But in all ends there is always a beginning – after a time that is called „hurting time“, as Samy mentioned it in Chapter 38. It is the time between end and beginning, between loosing and finding something new. What do you think, how long this is? Do you agree with Sophie when she says that we should take one month of mourning for every year spent together with someone we used to love, two months for the loss of a friend, and the rest of our lives for the dead because we'll love them forever and we will miss them till the end of our life?

The Chapter 12 – and the letter from Manon. There is the bracket of the psyche of Monsieur Perdu. He realizes why Manon had left him – and what he had lost, what he gave up. All because of that he was not able to open the letter. Sometimes we are worrying about the truth. If you could go back in time, what would you tell young Monsieur Perdu to get over his panic to open the letter?

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