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

La Délicatesse by David Foenkinos
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