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One Book, One Federation 2018-11-05T13:41:54-08:00

One Book One Federation

The Federation’s One Book One Federation program supports French literacy throughout the United States. By encouraging the reading of one book by all chapters during a single year, the Federation is able to assist in the creation of a reading guide and encourage the formation of reading groups. Each year our committee selects a well-written, engaging book that will appeal to Alliance Française members and students.

2019 Selection:
La Délicatesse by David Foenkinos

Reminiscent of novels by Nick Hornby, Muriel Barbery, and Jonathan Tropper, internationally acclaimed novelist David Foenkinos delivers a heartfelt and deftly comedic tale of new love brightening the dark aftermath of loss—and of wounded hearts finding refuge in the strangest of places.

After her husband’s unexpected death, Natalie has erected a fortress around her emotions—and Markus, clumsy and unassuming, will never be her knight in shining armor. Yet slowly but surely, an offbeat romance begins between these two mismatched, complex souls, and contrary to everything Natalie knows of affection, her perfect suitor may turn out to be love’s most unlikely candidate—the fool, not the hero, who is finally able to reach her heart.

About the author: David Foenkinos (born October 28, 1974) is a French author and screenwriter. He studied literature and music in Paris.

The book
Paris : Folio, 2009 – 210 pages
ISBN : 978-2-07-276754-8
French level B1

La Délicatesse is a bestseller in France. The book won prizes and was a worldwide success. It was made into a film in 2011 starring Audrey Tautou and into a comic strip in 2016. The film can be used along with the book in your book club or classroom. The book is also available in English.

Visit the website MEP/Schoenhof’s Books to order La Délicatesse and benefit from the special One Book One Federation price of $9.50 including shipping.

Barbara Bouquegneau
French Cultural Center/Alliance Française of Boston

One Book One Federation
Selections

2019
La Délicatesse by David Foenkinos
Guide de lecture
2018
La Tête en friche by Marie-Sabine Roger
Guide de lecture
2017
La Commissaire n’aime point les vers by George Flipo
Guide de lecture
2016
Le Chapeau de Mitterand by Antoine Laurain
Guide de lecture
2015
Le Collier rouge by Jean-Christophe Rufin
Guide de lecture
2014
La Calèche by Jean Diwo
Guide de lecture
2013 
La Petite fille de Monsieur Linh by Philippe Claudel
Guide de lecture
2012
Le Banquier et le perroquet by Philippe Simiot
Guide de lecture
2011 
Sœurs chocolats by Catherine Velle
2010 
Héroïnes françaises, 1940-1945 : Courage, force et ingéniosité by Professor Monique Saigal
Guide de lecture
2008 
Victoire : les saveurs et les mots by Maryse Condé
Guide de lecture
2007 
Le Gone du Chéba by Azouz Begag
Guide de lecture
2006
Les Âmes grises by Philippe Claudel
Guide de lecture
2005
Le Testament français by Andrei Makine
Guide de lecture