Today I’m here to tell you about the latest novel I have read: Consolation (La Consolante) by Anna Gavalda. It was the only book I hadn’t read from this French author, who is one of my favourite authors of all time.
As always, the plot is quite simple: Charles, the narrator, is a successful architect who lives with Laurence and their daughter Mathilde in Paris — actually, Mathilde is not his biological daughter but it comes to the same thing. After more than ten years, Charles and Laurence’s relationship is in a bad state. Charles lives his life being on autopilot. Until he finds something that brutally brings him back first to his past, and then to reality. One night, at his parents’ house, he finds an anonymous letter whose handwriting is not hard to recognize: it is a letter from his former best friend and neighbour, Alexis, announcing his mother’s death. Alexis’s mother, Anouk, was Charles’s first love.