The Little French Bookshop by Cecile Pivot ⁠⁠- Book Review



The Plot

Esther runs a bookshop and loves exchanging letters with her father. When she loses him, she decides to keep the tradition alive, inviting people to join her letter writing workshop. Five people sign up: a disillusioned businessman, a husband and wife struggling with her postpartum depression, a lonely elderly widow, and an awkward teenager trying to deal with his brother’s death from cancer. They are all asked to answer one question: What Battles Are You Fighting?

❤️ What I liked about The Little French Bookshop by Cecile Pivot⁠

📚 Epistolary novel. I love the genre. Writing letters is something we are not used to doing anymore, and I think it’s such a pity. It’s much more personal, intimate and emotional than just sending an email, isn’t it? ⁠

The style. It’s easy to read and follow. I loved that we don’t know anything about the characters at the beginning of the book and that we discover their stories through the letters.

Sensitive topics. All the characters are suffering for very different reasons: Postpartum depression, loneliness, survivor’s guilt, social activism… I liked how all these topics were explained and discussed in the letters.

I wasn’t sure about:⁠

The English title is a bit misleading. Except for the fact that Esther owns it, I couldn’t find anything that remotely relates to The little French bookshop. To be honest, I found myself to be a bit misled.

To the score

⭐⭐⭐ 3/5
This book was definitely not what I was expecting. I got the impression that the only reason it was given this title was to attract readers who love books about bookshops. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading it and liked how the characters were developed. Thanks to #netgalley for the preview.⁠

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