By: Irene Nemirovsky
What's it about? Rediscovering forgotten youth. And scandals.
Why did I pick it? I love Irene Nemirovsky with a love that knows no bounds. If there was any writer, dead or alive, with whom I could have coffee, I'd pick her. Beyond that, I'm a bit of a Francophile and I love pre-war anything.
Who will like it? Nemirovsky writes about rural France in this book, but she's really writing about people and the way they tick in general. Not in an obvious, preachy way, but in a pretty, blooming, "Oh I get it!" sparks of understanding kind of way. It's like people-watching. Quiet. Not much action. You can guess what's going to happen next. But if you like people-watching, you'll enjoy watching Nemirovsky's characters.
Judging a book by its cover: Can you for this book? Aside: I love the lady's hair. End aside. It's indicative of the period during which the book takes place. Beyond that, not really--the cover feels very urban and very feminine, neither of which describe the book's setting (very rural pre-war France) or the narrator (an aging male farmer).