I’m a sucker for French flaps. IMG_0006

You know, those folded-in extensions to the covers of paperbacks. IMG_0001That French flap says elegant. (And it makes a great bookmark.)  Proof enough for me that, yes, I can judge a book by its cover. 9780606356787_p0_v1_s260x420 Like The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair. A few weeks after The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair was published in France, it became the most talked-about French novel of the decade and was immediately translated into thirty-two languages. AR-AG069_HARRY_GS_20140521185548 Author Joël Dicker, touted as “Switzerland’s coolest export since Roger Federer”, wrote this novel-within-a-novel about a man in his mid-twenties who writes a novel. Hmm. It’s a cleverly constructed literary tale… and a probing thriller.

I love the tidbits about writing in the conversations between the characters, Harry (teacher) and Marcus (student).  Harry tells Marcus how to write a novel, a novel people will lose themselves in, a novel people will talk about. Author Joël Dicker follows Harry’s advice. I was drawn in, intrigued, and hugely entertained.

In addition to those dishy French flaps, I enjoy translations. IMG_0004Like this one translated from Norwegian ~ a good wife, a bad husband, and a gone babysitter ~ set in Oslo. 628x471The Cold Song by Linn Ullmann is steeped in dread ~ part family drama, part psychological profile, and part murder mystery.  0406CHOEN-master180 Both of these novels wrestle with writer’s block and feature floundering novelists. And both sport French flaps, mais oui bien sûr.

So, French flaps.

What do you think?

Just a fancy-pants gimmick?

Or unpardonably pretty?

Toni 9/30/14


  1. Putting these books on my to read list! Noticed the first book is from the Oliver Wolcott Library, you live so close to me! Just spent a lovely day up your way walking at White Memorial!


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