Petronille

by Amelie Nothomb
Petronille
  • ISBN-13: 9781609452902
  • Author(s): Amelie Nothomb
  • Subject: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)|modern fiction
  • Publisher: Europa Editions
  • Imprint: Europa Editions
  • Publication Date: 08-10-2015
  • Format: p/b

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Bestselling French author Amelie Nothomb writes about twin passions: for champagne and for her riotous friendship with Petronille Fanto, a woman who refuses to drink alone. The on-again/off-again friendship between Petronille and a writer by the name of Amelie Nothomb at the heart of the novel, plays itself out between Paris, London and beyond and is told with humour and verve in Nothomb's inimitable, deceptively simple style. A literary Thelma & Louise with a little bit of French panache and a whole lot of champagne.

Petronille is Turnaround's Book of the Month for October 2015

Read MD Bill Godber's summary:

Belgian author Amelie Northomb has published at least one novel a year since 1992. It’s this prolificacy, as well as the dark humour and cutthroat content of her books that has elevated her to a kind of cult status. Her legions of fans await her next novel with enthusiasm. This year’s offering, which is a story of female friendship, travel and champagne, is published by the currently much-coveted Europa Editions, whose books have recently been called “objects of desire” by the New York Times Style magazine. (link) Put a cult writer with an iconic publisher, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the resulting book will be certain to thrill readers.

But, it’s not just Nothomb’s fans that will enjoy Petronille. The story has much crossover appeal; a tale of friendship between the author (who appears as a central character in all of her novels) and Petronille, her champagne loving best friend. Set between London and Paris, and featuring Vivian Westwood as a character, the book is a literary Thelma and Louise. After the enormous success of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels (also published by Europa), female friendship has become a popular subject in fiction. Petronille with appeal to literary readers, fashionistas, fans and first-time Northomb readers alike.

I’ll end with this quote from the Scotland on Sunday which sums up Nothomb’s appeal: “Amélie Nothomb is such an utter astonishment, the shock of reading her for the first time is like realizing you have inadvertently missed a whole movement, or century, in the scheme of things.” We can expect Petronille to be a popular choice for fiction readers over the coming weeks.

About the book

Bestselling French author Amelie Nothomb writes about twin passions: for champagne and for her riotous friendship with Petronille Fanto, a woman who refuses to drink alone. The on-again/off-again friendship between Petronille and a writer by the name of Amelie Nothomb at the heart of the novel, plays itself out between Paris, London and beyond and is told with humour and verve in Nothomb's inimitable, deceptively simple style. A literary Thelma & Louise with a little bit of French panache and a whole lot of champagne.

Petronille is Turnaround's Book of the Month for October 2015

Read MD Bill Godber's summary:

Belgian author Amelie Northomb has published at least one novel a year since 1992. It’s this prolificacy, as well as the dark humour and cutthroat content of her books that has elevated her to a kind of cult status. Her legions of fans await her next novel with enthusiasm. This year’s offering, which is a story of female friendship, travel and champagne, is published by the currently much-coveted Europa Editions, whose books have recently been called “objects of desire” by the New York Times Style magazine. (link) Put a cult writer with an iconic publisher, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that the resulting book will be certain to thrill readers.

But, it’s not just Nothomb’s fans that will enjoy Petronille. The story has much crossover appeal; a tale of friendship between the author (who appears as a central character in all of her novels) and Petronille, her champagne loving best friend. Set between London and Paris, and featuring Vivian Westwood as a character, the book is a literary Thelma and Louise. After the enormous success of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels (also published by Europa), female friendship has become a popular subject in fiction. Petronille with appeal to literary readers, fashionistas, fans and first-time Northomb readers alike.

I’ll end with this quote from the Scotland on Sunday which sums up Nothomb’s appeal: “Amélie Nothomb is such an utter astonishment, the shock of reading her for the first time is like realizing you have inadvertently missed a whole movement, or century, in the scheme of things.” We can expect Petronille to be a popular choice for fiction readers over the coming weeks.