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Happy People Read and Drink Coffee. by Agnes Martin-Lugand []



It’s been a year since Diane’s husband and small daughter died tragically, and she hasn’t left her Paris apartment. Her friend Felix has been running their bookstore cafe, Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, into the ground. Her parents and in-laws think she simply needs to move on. That doesn’t seem possible, but one day she decides to move to Ireland, choosing the spot by placing her finger on a map. There, the volatile weather, the tiny village, and a hostile neighbor all contribute to her cigarette and wine-fueled return to life. She makes bad decisions, makes better decisions, and navigates her revised existence mostly on her own. Translated from the French by Sandra Smith, movie rights have already been sold and a sequel is imminent. For readers of women’s journeys and tales of hope, this slim volume engages the thoughts and feelings without whitewashing grief.

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