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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau (June 9 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385522819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385522816
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,149,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A digital-age fairy tale set in Paris. . . . Petite Anglaise is light, frank and tremendous fun.”
Guardian (UK)

“Back-story unseen in the blog, and novelistic fluency. . . . Wry and often wise insights into worlds real and virtual.”
Independent (UK)

“Written with breathtaking candour, it will appeal to existing fans and new readers alike.”
Daily Express (UK)

“Magnificent for the most traditional of reasons. Sanderson has a novelist’s gift for capturing certain eternal situations. This book could have been called ‘Madame Bovary on the Metro to the Childmonder’s.’”
Financial Times

“[Sanderson’s] simple, but evocative descriptions of Paris bring the city to life. . . . Though Sanderson writes about her personal experience, she touches on larger issues. Readers will relate to her struggle to find her city, her true love and her calling.”
The Gazette (Montreal) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Catherine Sanderson worked for a British accounting firm in Paris when she began her blog Petite Anglaise. When her employer discovered the blog, she was fired. She lives in Paris with her daughter. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Loved this book, could not put it down. Enjoyable and I really liked Catherine Sanderson's writing style especially the cute little nicknames she gave her husband and child. Great debut book from this author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful debut.......... June 24 2008
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Having followed Petite's blog off and on over a couple years, I actually had no intention of purchasing the book. Only because I thought perhaps it would be redundant of all her blog posts that I'd read. Wanting to support a fellow author, and because I'd always enjoyed her style of writing, I did pre-order this book.....and I was happily pleased.
First of all, I was impressed with the way Sanderson combined her blog postings effortlessly into a woven piece of work that read like fiction. I did recall a few of the incidents I'd previously read on her blog, but now written in a different way.
This is a delightful debut of a story that just happens to be true. The reader is allowed a glimpse behind the scenes, so to speak. I felt the depth of this author's writing was even stronger in her book than on her blog....and her writing on Petite Anglaise was excellent. But somehow I detected more emotion here than on her blog pages. So I was quite wrong to assume "it'll be identical to her blog."
Like the previous reader, I read this in two days. Much like her blog, I found myself setting the book down, only to be compelled to quickly resume reading.
Wishing much success to this author and looking forward to her fiction release.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute book of English lady in Paris. June 28 2008
By J. Catterson - Published on
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I've been a follower of Petite Anglaise for almost a year and it was nice to put everything together. I felt like I was looking through her eyes in Paris, and although I've never been in there I felt as if I was there. I was a bit sad to find out that the sacking wasn't in the book as it was in the blog, but other than that I enjoyed the story. It was a good story and I'm looking forward to the next book by Catherine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to go to Paris!!!! Sept. 13 2008
By Priscila S. Debarros - Published on
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Even though I've never been to Paris it seems that I was there while reading this book!!!
The best thing is that it is not fiction and as a new mother myself, it makes you think about the relationships problems and also to be pleased with what you have, as long as it makes you happy!!!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Francophiles beware May 29 2009
By wordsmith - Published on
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As with others who have expressed disappointment with this book, I have to agree and chime in. I truly wanted to enjoy this story as I am keen on memoir and had once lived in Paris. Despite my predisposition to its premise, I found I couldn't enjoy it as the author comes across as quite narcissistic. So much of the narrative was filtered through what appears to be an endless abyss of insecurity. It made it difficult to relate to let alone find sympathy in her story. For example, she is forever interpreting less than lovely interactions as being done to or as affronts rather than realizing it's her approach and attitude that cause so much inner grief. My opinion of the book was sealed when I found myself repeatedly cringing at the author's descriptions of her toddler daughter. The author exults her romantic life to the detriment of other vital relationships. This book is one dimensional and ultimately a waste of time.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cautionary Tale of Immaturity and Narcissism Jan. 10 2009
By L. Young - Published on
Catherine Sanderson's love affair with France began as a girl. This memoir begins with this thirty-something English expat living and working in France, and living with her long-term boyfriend Mr. Frog and their young daughter, Tadpole. These cutesy names are those used in Catherine's (Petite Anglaise's) blog which she begins one day at work to ward off the boredom of a secretarial job. The blog becomes a place for Petite Anglaise to complain about the difficulties and pleasures of living in Paris, and the awfulness of Mr. Frog and their stagnating relationship as well as the difficulties and pleasures of new motherhood.

One day a man comes into her life via the blog - The Lover. They set up a meeting and The Lover sweeps her off her feet. After a second meeting Petite Anglaise decides to give Mr. Frog the boot, setting into motion much pain in the lives of Mr. Frog, Catherine and poor Tadpole who must now witness the splitting up of her family. Of course a relationship begun with so little actual knowledge between two people as Catherine and The Lover can't come to a good end. This memoir poignantly portrays the terrible pain engendered when a long term relationship ends. Additionally it demonstrates the false sense of intimacy that exists in a relationship that is begun on the Internet. It is clear that Catherine gets involved in relationships for all the wrong reasons. Her relationship with Mr. Frog takes shape because it is only through a relationship with a real Frenchman that Catherine can feel that she 'really' belongs in Paris. Similiarly her relationship with the Lover is a way to feel good about herself and fortify her in order to end the relationship with Mr. Frog. Catherine annoyingly comes off as immature and a narcissist, but she does come to realize this about herself. Unfortunately her daughter Tadpole is the one who pays the ultimate price for this immaturity.

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