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Natalia Lanska, formidable Polish pianist, is dead. No one is really sorrowing, except maybe her grand-daughter Hania, whose own career as a concert artist never took off due to a terrible weight problem. Feeling unwanted, Hania arrives in Warsaw for the funeral, hoping for a warm welcome from her relatives. Instead, they saddle her with their appalling children, decamp, and refuse to return. Hania’s situation is at first improved and then complicated when a neighbour – the very correct, very austere descendant of an old Polish family – asks her to proofread an amateur history project. Hania sets to work with a will, and Pan Doctor Prince Konstanty Radzimoyski is surprised when his ideas get more editing than he bargained for. Typing pages of the past, rediscovering her native city, and playing the piano all contribute to taking Hania’s mind off her problems, but can’t change her awareness that the children need help and that her growing attachment to her employer will only give her pain. The summer Hania spends between love, hostility, and the weight of history tests her resourcefulness, but her fresh ideas and readiness to carry on, brighten the lives of her new acquaintances. Still, no one, least of all Hania herself, expects that her beautiful qualities will make Konstanty forget her figure and other excess baggage.
Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins:
Here is everything I know about France: Amelie and Moulin Rouge. The Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe… And, I’m moving to Paris for a year. To boarding school. Alone. Anna had everything figured out – she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere… Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne St. Clair, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?
Memoirs of A Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin:
Above all, mine is a love story. And like most love stories, this one involves chance, gravity and a dash of head trauma. It began with a coin toss. The coin came up tails; I was heads. When Naomi wakes up in a hospital bed, she has no idea how she got there or what has happened in the last three years of her life. She doesn’t remember that her parents are divorced, or who her friends are at school, and she doesn’t even know if she’s got a boyfriend or not. When Naomi gets back to school, she starts piecing the fragments of the last three and a half years together, and soon it is clear that she may not want to be united with her past quite as she left it.
What do you think that I should read next? Leave a comment on what you think I should read…