- English sample by Adriana Hunter available.
- 270,000 copies sold in France so far. Rights sold in 7 countries with offers pending.
- Film version released in France in February 2007.
Odette Toulemonde is a Parisshop girl by day, who sews feathers onto showgirls’ costumes by night. She doesn’t need much to keep herself content. Her active imagination helps her dance through life as though a jazz orchestra were playing perpetually inside of her head. She owes most of her inner happiness to Balthazar Balsan, the celebrated writer whom she adores from a distance. His greatest fan, she yearns for the time when she will be able to reveal her feelings to him at last. One day she finally summons the courage to try and meet him. She is so tongue-tied, however, that he barely notices her, and she fails miserably. She then decides instead to write him a letter from the heart in which she expresses the importance he holds in her life. She receives no response. Finally, one day, he shows up out of the blue at her home and rings on her doorbell. Here begins Odette’s and Balthazar’s story. Like that of Amélie Poulain and Raymond Dufayer, this fortuitous meeting will change both of their lives forever.
In this collection of delightful and whimsical short stories, readers will encounter eight extraordinary women in their quest for love.