The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
Published February 25, 2016
- Author Antoine Laurain
This is just a lovely story from start to finish, detailing how a woman is mugged and loses her bag with so many precious memories in it. However, the bag is found in the street by a bookseller who proceeds to try and find her. The way these two twist in and out of each other’s lives without contact is incredibly moving, and I love the simplicity of the writing that draws you in to each moment.
Even though it’s only short, there’s plenty of time to get to know the characters. I particularly enjoyed Chloe, the demanding daughter who gets her own way far too often but is the reason everything all works out okay in the end. You get a sense of these two people and their entire lives without having to read endless streams of detail. It’s wonderful.