Review: Agnès Desarthe’s “Five Photos of My Wife”

by writereaderly

agnes desarthe five photos of my wifeElderly widower Max Opass commissions a portrait of his dead wife Telma – in fact, he commissions four in the end, and meets five very diverse artists of the Thirteenth Arrondissement along the way. A lovely novel, poised and subtle. Calm and impacting, but with tact. Well recommended.

Where it came from: Mega-opshop-books
Time and manner of reading:
A few days of bed and workroom reads
Where it went: D
Best line of the book:
Reminds me of/that: Mitch Albom’s pop-spiritual The Five People You Meet in Heaven – but thank goodness, this one was actually worth reading
Who I’d recommend it to:
Readers looking for good stuff
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Returning the Gift edited by Joseph Bruchac; The Pea-Pickers by Eve Langley; When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön