The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George
Monsieur Perdu is a bookseller in Paris. Years ago he purchased an old river barge and converted it to a bookshop that is docked in the Seine River. This isn’t just any old bookshop, and Perdu isn’t just any old bookseller. You see, he can read people. He reads his customers and selects for them the perfect book to heal them. He calls himself a literary apothecary.
His uncanny gift has helped scores of people along the way, those trying to understand the meaning of life, refocus their goals, deal with change, or heal a broken heart. Unfortunately, his own broken heart is the one that he cannot fix. It has been 20 years since she left, and he still has been unable to move on…
Perdu finally is confronted with his loss when he gives a neighbor an old table he isn’t using, and she finds in the drawer a letter that he never opened. It sets him on a path to finally address his broken heart.
The book shows how the most unlikely people can become friends, and how total strangers can help us on our path to healing. This novel is absurd, funny, and heart-wrenching in turn. Nina George weaves her tale in a way that is relatable and whimsical, and leaves the reader wishing to join Perdu on his journey.