Publication Date: December 2008
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2009 Indie Notables
“Amelie Nothomb, an utterly winning and charming young author, has given us a delightful clash of cultures in the dating world, a light, quick, good-hearted plunge into the heart of Japan, from the perspective of a young Belgian girl who takes up teaching French there.”
-- Nick DiMartino, University Book Store, Seattle, WA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring/Summer '09 Reading Group List
“Here is an elegantly written love story with humor, intelligence, and autobiographical honesty, translated from the French. You will find yourself clinging to the words as well as the story.”
-- Sandra Goddin, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
Amlie is a young language teacher living in Tokyo. When she succumbs to the attentions of a student--the shy, wealthy, and oh-so-Japanese Rinri--the lovers find themselves swept along by an affair that is as unusual as it is tender.
About the AuthorAmelie Nothomb's novels are international bestsellers. Belgian by birth, she lives in Paris. Her novel "Fear and Trembling" (Griffin) was made into a successful film in France.
J. M. G. Le Clezio, one of France's best-known contemporary writers, was born in Nice in 1940 and has published more than twenty novels and nonfiction works. In the course of the last three decades Le Clezio has won numerous prizes, including the Prix Renaudot for his first novel. His works have been translated into many languages. His most recent works translated into English include the novel "The Prospector" and a collection of essays, "The Mexican Dream," Alison Anderson is the author of "Hidden Latitudes," She has worked as a writer, translator, and teacher and currently lives in Mill Valley, California.