At the Le Millefeuille bookstore, Jacques Planchon and Christine Ayroulet repeated last year’s great experience by organizing a meeting on Friday “Discovering the new literary season”, which allowed a dozen people to compare their impressions of a few new novels and essays.

Thanks to an agreement with the François-Mitterrand media library and the opinion of many readers, Clamecycois booksellers bought two hundred titles out of the five hundred published this year. “This choice was made according to several criteria: knowledge of the authors, summaries, the opinion of the representatives – necessarily favorable! – and the “Page” network; the most difficult being the case of the first novels”, specifies Jacques Planchon, who proposed a list of forty-five titles.

Among these, Vanish by Lionel Duroy, a story that explores the difficult communication between father and children; fathers night by Gaëlle Josse, where a girl realizes the trauma experienced by her father, forced into actions that he disapproves of during the Algerian war.


How do people ?, by Olivia Lamberterie, which tells the daily life of 50-year-old women, brought to take care of three generations, received a mixed reception: “Too many clichés, despite an alert and sincere pen”, judges a reader.

In A miracle , by Victoria Mas, a young boy claims to have seen the Virgin so that people are interested in him, which sows discord in a Breton island. Paulina Panasenko, with Hold your tongue humorously reveals the discovery of French culture by a young Soviet woman.

In the style of English thrillers, Madame Mohr has disappeared , by Maryla Szmiczkowa, was considered a little too “historical”. In contrast, The woman on the second floor by the Croatian Jurica Pavicic, was appreciated for its endearing side, in spite of a dramatic scenario since a woman poisons her unbearable mother-in-law.

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Two of the novels selected for the Goncourt: live fast by Brigitte Giraud, an investigative work on the sequence of events that led to the accidental death of a son; The little liar by Pascale Robert-Diard, inspired by court cases of false denunciations of rape, “which bravely and subtly addresses the causes of lies”, according to Christine Ayroulet.

In The exported , Sonia Devillers provides rich and frightening information on the history of Romania, where men were exported in exchange for… pigs! Hours of glory, then decline, with The inventor , by Miguel Bonnefoy, where the hero sees his solar machine dethroned by the arrival of coal. For the cold sweats, we’ll be inside the head of a psychopathic killer without empathy while reading The lesson of evil by Yusuke Kishi, and even if the humor is there, “the last hundred pages are terrible, but it’s not disgusting, it’s coldly clinical”, warns Jacques Planchon.

Clamecy – What’s new in novels?