The List of my Desires by Grégoire Delacourt, translated by Anthea Bell, (and out early next month) popped through the letterbox this morning. This "gem of a novel" has been a huge success in France with massive sales and rights sold in 27 countries, and it does sound as though its story may 'chime' with many of us. Here's the blurb:
"What would it take to change your life?
Jocelyne is 47. She lives in a small provincial French town, runs her own dressmaking shop, has been married to the same man for what seems like an eternity, has had two children and lives a very ordinary existence. In fact so ordinary that she is beginning to wonder what happened to her, to all those dreams she had when she was seventeen.
Then comes the chance to change her life completely - but should she? For when Jocelyne begins to look at her life and its small pleasures, her friendships, her weekends away, her knitting and needlecraft blog through which she has gathered a community of like-minded women - she realises that maybe 'ordinary' isn't so bad. Until the decision is taken out of her hands ...
The List of my Desires is a wonderfully heart-warming novel about what we value in life and the search for happiness."
Grégoire Delacourt's first novel L'Ecrivain de la Famille (2011) won five literary prizes in his native France.