Petite Anglaise Paperback – Jun 9 2009
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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)
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.See all Product description
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I’m planning on visiting Paris for the first time next year, so really enjoyed Sanderson’s vivid descriptions of the city. I want to go everywhere she mentioned. But what really brought me into her story was her honesty and her determination to carry on.
In the book, Sanderson is a British expat in Paris and has lived there for a decade. In her early thirties, she has a two year old daughter with a French guy dubbed Mr. Frog, but the two never married. In the book, she calls her daughter, Tadpole.
Sanderson starts a blog called Petite Anglaise and writes about her life as an expat in Paris, motherhood, and her stagnant relationship with Mr. Frog. This was all when blogs were still relatively new and not all that commonplace. Her readership skyrockets overnight and she’s a celebrity in Paris, although she doesn’t tell anyone at work about the blog for a long time. And then she only confides in her friend and colleague, Amy.
The story kind of shows its age when Sanderson feels a little uncomfortable meeting readers and other bloggers because they are still strangers and only know her online persona. I think things have changed a ton since then and no one would really think it’s weird today to meet readers or other bloggers. But I can see how it would feel awkward back then.
One of her devoted readers, another British expat named James, comments on her posts and sends her long e-mails. The two meet and things move quickly from there. She is so honest about what happens after that and, as a reader, I was rooting for her to find happiness before the book ended.
The only thing I would have changed was to have had her feel less guilty about the way things ended with Mr. Frog. I was certain he was having an affair of his own, from the way she described his behavior. But no matter what happened, he wasn’t completely without fault. (He is redeemed later on and I end up liking his character a ton more by the end.)
Petite Anglaise has had mixed reviews on Amazon and I can only surmise that readers were upset with Sanderson for leaving Mr. Frog. I enjoyed the writing and the pace of the book. The tension was always there and, like I wrote above, the descriptions of Paris were delicious.
I also learned more about raising bilingual children and how Sanderson and Mr. Frog got along after they split.
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.
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!!!!
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