A bestseller in several countries, this enchanting novel about a collection of misfits in Paris is quirky, poignant and unputdownable.
Now also made a French film starring Audrey Tautou.
Eigentlich haben die vier Personen in diesem Roman miteinander nichts zu tun. Aber sie leben zusammen. Einfach zusammen. Und dass zwei davon sich ineinander verlieben, ließ sich da kaum vermeiden...Anna Gavalda endlich auch auf Englisch! Camille is doing her best to disappear. She barely eats, works at night as a cleaner and lives in a tiny attic room. Downstairs in a beautiful, ornate apartment, lives Philibert Marquet de la Durbellière, a shy, erudite, upper-class man with an unlikely flatmate in the shape of the foul-mouthed but talented chef, Franck. One freezing evening Philibert overcomes his excruciating reitcence to rescue Camille, unconscious, from her garret and bring her into his home.
As she recovers Camille learns more about Philibert; about Franck and his guilt for his beloved but fragile grandmother Paulette, who is all he has left in the world; and about herself. And slowly, this curious quartet of misfits all discover the importance of food, friendship and love.
Camille is doing her best to disappear. She barely eats, works at night as a cleaner and lives in a tiny attic room. Philibert Marquet de La Durbellière is a stammering, erudite aristocrat who sells postcards outside a museum. One evening he overcomes his own excruciating reticence to rescue Camille, unconscious, from her freezing garret, and install her in the large, ornate apartment he is caretaking downstairs. He already has an unlikely flatmate, the foul-mouthed, talented working-class young chef, Franck, who is made more obnoxious by guilt about the beloved grandmother he's had to put in a home. Together, this curious, damaged little quartet may be able to face the world. HUNTING AND GATHERING is a universal story about despair, love and the virtues of ensemble-playing in a naughty world.
Biografie (Anna Gavalda)
Anna Gavalda, geb. 1970, ist auf dem Land aufgewachsen, hat in Paris Literatur studiert und wurde mit ihrem ersten Erzählband auf einen Schlag berühmt. Sie lebt mit ihren zwei Kindern bei Paris.