The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

I really enjoyed The President’s Hat and this delivered more of the same: a charming French story with different moving parts working out just right.  One thing about this book-it reinforces my idea that French women carry marvelous things in their beautiful handbags. When he finds a handbag and concludes it’s been stolen from a woman, he attempts to turn it in to the police, but then ends up keeping it and trying to track down the owner. He uses the contents of the bag as clues, but ends up creating this picture of a woman from all those pieces. It’s a lovely concept-if someone looked at all your bits and bobs what would they conclude about you?

This was extremely satisfying and charming.

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