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Library Journal Review
In this story of a bookshop on a converted barge on the Seine, Monsieur Jean Perdu is more therapist than bookseller, prescribing books to heal his customers. But what about his own broken heart? A letter from his past propels him to cast off from the mooring and head out on a voyage. His journey on his floating bookstore-accompanied by an eclectic bunch of characters and a dash of literary quotations and references-is difficult but rewarding, passing through emotional hazards (grief, loss, love, revival) and truths but ending at his target destination, a request for forgiveness. Steve West, Emma Bering, and Cassandra Campbell provide a charming narration of a pleasant story. -VERDICT Will be of interest to bibliophiles and travel fans. ["Will allow gob-smacked book lovers here to struggle with the age-old dilemma: to race through each page to see what happens next or savor each deliciously enticing phrase. Do both; if ever a book was meant to be read over and over, this gem is it": LJ Xpress Reviews 6/5/15 starred review of the Crown hc.]-Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll., Newburgh, NY © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Jean Perdu runs a book shop located a barge moored on the Seine in Paris. When a broken heart shakes Perdu from his moorings, he embarks on a journey down France's storied waterways accompanied by Max Jordan, his neighbor and a young author whose early success has paralyzed his creativity. Voice actor West beautifully demonstrates Perdu's evolution over the course of the novel, from an aloof loner to a reluctant father figure, while also providing the voice of Max, his pitch rising at the end of nearly every sentence like it's a question, then growing in confidence, and a little bit of mischief, as Max rediscovers his muse. The other two performances are less successful, not because actresses Bering and Campbell aren't excellent (Bering in particular has a perfect French accent), but because the novel itself gives them so little time compared to Perdu. A Crown hardcover. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.