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New Vessel Press
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
Jean-Philippe Blondel was born in 1964 in Troyes, France, where he lives as an author and English teacher. His novel The 6:41 to Paris has been acclaimed in the United States and across Europe.

Alison Anderson spent many years in California; she now lives in a Swiss village and works as a literary translator. Her translations include The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery and works by Nobel laureate J. M. G. Le Clézio. She has also written two novels and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Translation Fellowship.


Blondel's book, aided by [Alison] Anderson's deft translation, is the genuine article: an emotionally taut portrayal of late-in-life, post-marriage drift ... Graceful.
--The New York Times Book Review

A striking variation on the theme of the muse, this novel probes overlapping varieties of attraction ... It veers toward the erotic, quickening the painter's search for the model's soul--'a term that disintegrates the moment you try to define it.'"
--The New Yorker

Captivating ... The novel flies by with gentle humor, but it also poses complex questions about the meaning of art and sexuality, and offers an elegiac look at late middle age ... Irresistible, and the story's fundamental kindness sets it apart.
--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

A short philosophical novel about art, time, and memory ... A subtle and at times radiant read.
--Kirkus Reviews

Blondel imbues ... [this] story with the quietly fascinating, understated, true-feeling complications of real life.

"A novel of tender, shy wisdom whose characters remind each other that memory lives in the body, loosened like knots by the right touch. Exposed reconciles old age to its theme of regret. It is, however, Blondel's true talent that we embrace that regret--not only as an opportunity for joy, but as a polestar to guide us places we'd never have gone without it."
--Patrick Nathan, author of Some Hell

Fun and delightful ... you'll find it impossible to tear yourself from the page. It's compelling, sorrowful, playful, and at once completely believable and mature ... Love and intimacy, romance and sexuality - they're all portrayed with a real deft hand by Blondel.
--Books and Bao

Blondel's books are especially praised by critics for their charm and smoothly-shaped prose. Both virtues are evident in Exposed.
--The Arts Fuse

"Blondel writes superbly."
Le Monde

"What makes Jean-Philippe Blondel's universe so precious is above all its muffled nostalgia and delightful charm."
--Le Figaro

"The magic of this intimate novel ... plunges into the depths of the heart of its two heroes; one seizing the 'essence of the other' who agrees to put himself in absolute danger with a sort of perverse pleasure."
--Livres Hebdo

Praise for The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Philippe Blondel:

A strong plot and a touching portrayal of how any of us might feel when unexpectedly confronted by the detritus of young love ... A timely reminder that the past is always waiting to ambush us.
--The New York Times Book Review