August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Way I Found Her

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Rose Tremain
genre
Fiction

Lewis Little, a precocious English boy, is dragged to Paris for the summer while his mother works on translating the latest medieval romance by Valentina Gavrilovich, an eccentric Russian novelist. He passes the time blithely philosophizing with an existential roofer, drinking Orangina with Valentina’s housekeeper, and writing in his journal. His childhood changes irrevocably when he develops a searing crush on Valentina, who disappears suddenly, and he becomes involved in a dangerous quest to find her. Tremain, author of 10 previous books (including the best-selling Restoration, adapted for the screen, and the remarkable Sacred Country) gives us a thoroughly engrossing novel: part coming-of-age tale, part intricate mystery. A

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