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Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - by Agnès Martin-Lu­gand, Allen & Un­win.

Some­times the sim­plest nov­els are the most in­spi­ra­tional – and some­times it is all in the trans­la­tion. French au­thor Martin-Lu­gand has a knack of get­ting un­der her char­ac­ters’ skins and they’re as touch­able as the pain and joy this sweet story ex­udes. The ti­tle is the name of the Paris lit­er­ary café Diane runs with friend Felix. Lawyer hus­band Colin had al­ways yearned for the fam­ily to live in Ire­land, with daugh­ter Clara. When a car ac­ci­dent leaves a dy­ing Colin in hos­pi­tal, beg­ging Diane to stay strong for Clara, the unimag­in­able has al­ready un­folded. He doesn’t know their daugh­ter died in the am­bu­lance. Smok­ing, shuf­fling around in her py­ja­mas, griev­ing Diane de­cides to up sticks and move to a cot­tage in Ire­land, where her life takes a new and rather de­li­cious turn.

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