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. --Madeline Miller Publishers Weekly thoughtful...a lighthearted read for all fans of French literature --Madeline Miller Kirkus Reviews 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 Viv Groskop's whip-smart and compelling take on French classics is deliciously entertaining. This book should be required reading for all bibliophiles! --Lindsey Tramuta author of The New Paris and The New Parisienne 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. --Madeline Miller The Wall Street Journal