A Moving Tale About Grief

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George is an ode to the power of books and letting go of the past

Cassandra C. Stirling
Feedium

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Monsieur Perdu owns and runs a literary apothecary, where he proscribes books for whatever ails his customers. However, he is unable to proscribe a book for his own pain, so that he too can move on from the past and what is holding him down. When he finally opens the letter his lost love left him, he finds himself on a journey on his book barge to make peace with his past and find a way to break the walls he’s erected around himself.

I was looking for books about books, since my own series features books, and this wonderful tale fit perfectly. Not only is it charming, but it is filled with good food, smells, and of course, books. The story is told from Perdu’s perspective, and we see the struggles he faces as he leans into forgiving himself of the past as well as letting go of it. The prose is beautiful, and the details are balanced just right (for me) to not be too over the top. For all that and more, I give it 4.5 stars.

The Plot

Monsieur Perdu has spent the years since his lover left him filling the emotional gaps and needs of others with the books he sells from his literary apothecary barge. When a new tenant moves into his building without any…

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Cassandra C. Stirling
Feedium

Writer, editor, writing coach, and videogamer. I write about writing, books, and occasionally videogames.