French Book Club: Ten Summer 2024 Reading Suggestions – Will you be reading with us?

Summer 2024 Reading: The MyFrenchLife™️ French Book Club is, by exception, offering a varied format for this reading period.

10 Summer 2024 Reading suggestions

During this Summer 2024 reading period, we offer a list of ten books from which you may choose the book or books you wish to read!

Some may not wish to overindulge in summer and only read one book, while others may want to do nothing but read, read, read!

So… here we give you a choice to match your summer lifestyle. Jacqueline Dubois Pasquier is taking a summer break and reading books other than from this list. In summary, the choice is yours. At the culmination of this reading period, we will hold an online EVENT, where we’ll all get to present ‘our book’ which will be a great way to discover other French books.

In the northern autumn, September, that is, we will return to our usual format with just one book on our reading list, which we will read before the end of the calendar year.

Now is the time to make your book selection and order your book/books.

Do let us know in the comments if you’ll be reading with us and if you’ll be following via our:
Facebook private Bookclub group of our
French Bookclub on Substack.


Judy MacMahon and Jacqueline Dubois Pasquier

PS: If you’ll be reading with us – you’ll find a form here… Once you complete the form you’ll receive updates and notifications of the late summer discussion EVENT 


A selection of recently translated French novels (summer 2024)  

1- ‘ And The Stones Cry Out’ by Clara Dupond-Monot, translated by Ben Faccini

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2– ‘Connemara’ by Nicolas Mathieu’, translated by Sam Taylor

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3- ‘A Good Life’ by Virginie Grimaldi, translated by Hildegarde Serle

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Emma and Agathe are sisters. They grew up together yet are very different. Agathe, the youngest, messy, and ardent, has always taken up all the space in the bath, in the bedroom, and Emma’s heart. After five years of unexplained silence, Emma arranges to meet Agathe in the family’s holiday home. After their beloved grandmother passed away, the place must be emptied, and the memories revisited. The two sisters have a week to tell each other everything and make up for the time they spent apart. Will they be able to fix the past in the beauty of the summer in the Basque Country, where their childhood is knocking at the door?

4- ‘Fresh Water for Flowers’ by Valerie Perrin, translated by Hildegarde Serle

5- ‘Swimming in Paris’ by Colombe Schneck, translated by Lauren Elkin and Natasha Lehrer

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6- ‘Living with our Dead’ by Delphine Horvilleur, translated by Steven Rendall

7- ‘A Single Rose’ by Muriel Barbery, translated by Alison Anderson

French author Muriel Barbery, (‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’ – based in Paris), has written these two books, both based in Kyoto where the author lived for some time. The French and Japanese combination is powerful. Judy particularly recommends ‘A Single Rose’  the story of a woman’s journey to discover the Japanese father she never knew and a love she never thought possible (2020) and less so ‘One Hour of Fervor’, also based in Kyoto. (Long-listed Goncourt 2022)

To complete this list, we are adding three historical novels set in France, written originally in English:

8- ‘Paris in Ruin’ by M.K. Tod

Paris 1870. Raised for a life of parties and servants, Camille and Mariele have much in common, but it takes the horrors of war to bring them together to fight for the city and the people they love.

9- ‘The secret of the Grand Hôtel du Lac’ by Kathryn Gauci 

Summer 2024 Reading

‘Another masterpiece from one of my favorite historical fiction writers! “The Secret of the Grand Hôtel du Lac” has everything a well-written historical novel should have: most thorough research; the setting so vividly described it instantly transports you into a dangerous world of occupied France; complex characters that are so perfectly imperfect and infinitely brave, you’ll be rooting for them till the very end.’

*Note that Kathryn is a Bookclub member and Contributor for MyFrenchLife Magazine and that you can feel free to ask her anything!

10- ‘The Strange Eventful History’ by Claire Messud

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* All titles include a link to their Goodreads page except the last one (#10), that is linked to the author’s webpage. 


Please let us know in the comments below if you’ll join us in this Summer 2024 Reading period – and which channel you’ll be following/discussing with us?
Facebook private Bookclub group of our
French Bookclub on Substack.

Please COMPLETE THIS FORM if reading with us.

Also here is an article about how our French Book Club works.


About the Contributor

Jacqueline Dubois Pasquier

After teaching for 20 years abroad, I mostly live now in Paris, where I feel both like a native and an expat. I enjoy being part of My French Life™ as it makes my life in Paris even more meaningful and special. I have a passion for literature and movies. I share my thoughts in my blog and on twitter.”

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One Comment

  1. Judy MacMahon Jun 8, 2024 at 10:51 AM - Reply

    Announcement: Summer Reading 2024 – Will you be reading with us?

    Exceptionally we’re offering a list of 10 books instead of one for this summer reading period. Please let us know if you’ll be reading with us and which book/s you intend to read. One of our popular discussion events will be held on Zoom at the end of Summer.

    Please register with us here and let us know what you’re going to read… and we’ll be sure to keep you informed about our reading and the event.

    Thank you in advance
    Judy and Jacqueline

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