Viv Groskop is an award-winning comedian, writer, and broadcaster. She is the author of The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature. She writes for the Guardian, Observer, and Financial Times and has a weekly column in the New European. She lives in London.
a lighthearted and insightful romp...to dip into cheerfully, whether to recall novels read years ago or to find an entertaining entree into those yet unread. -- Publishers Weekly thoughtful...a lighthearted read for all fans of French literature -- Kirkus Reviews Groskop's combination of her own memories, what the novels meant to her at different stages in her life, her description of the authors, along with her description of the novels, will have readers eagerly turning the book's pages. They'll also be making a list of novels they want to buy, and movies they want to see. -- Forbes Groskop skillfully juggles memoir, biography, philosophy, and literary criticism to create a delightful tour through some of French literature's greats. As a guide she is top notch: witty, infectiously engaged, and always thoughtful. This book will charm both newcomers and Francophiles alike. --Madeline Miller author of The Song of Achilles and Circe Ms. Groskop is a skilled raconteuse who brings people--and the page--to life. She writes with a self-deprecating appreciation of the Frenchman or -woman manque(e) that lurks in us all. You don't have to be a savant to enjoy this book... Au Revoir, Tristesse will make a witty, seductive companion. -- The Wall Street Journal