By: Nina George BUY BOOK HERE
I felt the strongest of connections to Monsieur Perdu--he is the owner of a book barge on the River Seine in Paris, France. He has this uncanny talent for placing the right book with the right person. But he is harboring a secret of pain and loss, alongside a haunting letter. Perdu sets off on a journey to heal and find himself again. The way he talks about books and their power felt like reading my own thoughts. I have the passion, but I want the bookstore and the talent of Perdu! It is my wildest dream. I found this story enchanting and full of wonder.
“Do we only decide in retrospect that we've been happy? Don't we notice when we're happy, or do we realize only much later that we were?”
Monsieur Perdu can prescribe the perfect book for a broken heart. But can he fix his own? Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
“Books are more than doctors, of course. Some novels are loving, lifelong companions; some give you a clip around the ear; others are friends who wrap you in warm towels when you've got those autumn blues. And some...well, some are pink candy floss that tingles in your brain for three seconds and leaves a blissful voice. Like a short, torrid love affair.”