Two Parisians recount the story of their friendship while trapped in the Cévennes Mountains in this #1 international bestselling novel.When we meet Billie, she is trapped in a gorge in the Cévennes National Park of France. There with her, injured and delirious with pain, is her best friend Franck. The two have relied on each other since they met years ago in Paris. As darkness encroaches, Billie recounts stories from their lives to stave off panic. Alternating between recollections of their childhoods and their dire present predicament, what unfolds is a moving tale of friendship and resilience.
A bright kid, Franck's future was menaced at every turn by his judgmental father and the bigotry surrounding him. As for Billie, she was willing to do anything and everything to escape from her abusive and alcohol-addled family. From the moment they met, Billie and Franck watched out for each other. Soon they became each other's chosen family through the best and worst moments of growing up in the City of Light.
Translated into more than twenty-five languages, Billie is a beautifully crafted novel that conveys a positive message about overcoming life's trials.
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About the Author
Born in Paris in 1970, Anna Gavalda published her first work in 1999 while working as a high school French teacher. Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part, a collection of short stories, was met with both critical acclaim and commercial success, selling more than three-quarters of a million copies in her native France. The book was translated into numerous languages and sold in twenty-seven countries. Gavalda has since published three novels, all of which have become bestsellers across Europe. Her first novel, Someone I Loved, was made into a movie in 2000 and the 2007 film adaptation of her novel Hunting and Gathering starred Audrey Tatou. Her most recent work, The Cracks in Our Armor, was shortlisted in the Belles-Lettres Category for the Grand Prix of Literary Associations (GPLA) in 2017. In addition to writing novels, Gavalda contributes to Elle Magazine. She lives in Paris.
Jennifer Rappaport received a BA in English and French from Vassar College and an MA in comparative literature from New York University, where she was awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French government. A former editor at Oxford University Press and the New Press, she is currently a freelance editor and translator in New York.
Praise for Billie
"Billie is a revelation! It's Gavalda's finest novel yet." --France 2
"The work is a testament to Gavalda's fine storytelling skills, which remain true even in the books' translation into English." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Gavalda's sparkling impertinence and her childlike joie de vie are irresistible." --Marie Claire (France)
"A sensitive, delicate, funny, immensely readable story." --Olivia de Lamberterie, France 2
"Gavalda's books have both wit and a whimsical charm." --The Sunday Telegraph
"Anna Gavalda's novels make her a distant cousin of Dorothy Parker." --Vioci
"Precision, tenderness for her characters, a sense of detail, and an intoxicating mix of nostalgia and pure joy make Anna Gavalda a unique author." --Le Figaro
"Gavalda writes warm hearted-fiction, with plenty of culture, emotion and thoughtfulness." --The Telegraph (UK)
Praise for Anna Gavalda
"Both stories have a sentimental streak, but Ms. Gavalda, a best-selling author in her native France, puts them across with charm." --The New York Times
"Gavalda's writing is engaging and lyrical." --World Literature Today
"With writing this beautiful and charming, and heartbreakingly sincere, Gavalda makes the journey well worth the effort." --The Cedar Rapids Gazette
"[Like Anne Tyler and Nick Hornby] Anna Gavalda has the ability to create intelligent dramas with a witty sideline in banter-driven dialogue...Her stock in trade is the endearing oddball. Her characters' peccadilloes drive the narrative engine as much as plot delivery. Conversation turns towards the manic passions of obsessives." --The Independent (UK)