L’annee brouillard, Sophie Aslanides’s translation of The Year of Fog, is back on the bestseller lists in France, according to Online Star. The Turkish publication reports on the top ten bestselling books in several countries (scroll down to see French list). Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife is number one in England.
An article in the French newspaper Le Figaro today on the biggest successes of the summer quotes Laurence Deschamps, the president of the major French retailer Fnac, on the state of book sales. Deschamps says that numbers are up from last year, and two books in particular are breaking records: Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and The Year of Fog (L’annee brouillard, translated by the wonderful Sophie Aslanides).
I happen to be reading A Mercy right now–very slowly, taking in a bit day by day–it’s a beautiful, heartbreaking book, a story told with subtlety and a great respect for the characters.
Meanwhile, a French actress I adore may be playing a key role (not Abby) in the film adaptation of The Year of Fog.
Here’s the new British cover for The Year of Fog. It was kind of surreal to see the “International Bestseller” tagline above the title, considering the book’s lowly beginnings. The manuscript made the rounds of New York publishing houses for a year, under the tireless efforts of my wonderful agent, before Caitlin Alexander, a young editor at Bantam, decided to take a chance on it. Sometimes all a book needs is time, a little love, and a couple of people who believe in it.
England’s The Daily Mail included NO ONE YOU KNOW in its “ultimate summer reading list,” published today, along with fourteen other titles.
Meanwhile, the book critic for ELLE France named L’Annee brouillard, the French translation of The Year of Fog (translated by Sophie Aslanides) “the book of summer” on the popular French television program Tele Matin.
Makes me want to take a little trip across the Pacific!
Here’s a screenshot of Olivia de Lamberterie talking about L’Anee brouillard, the French translation of The Year of Fog, today on French television, for the Telematin program.
And here’s Lamberterie’s very kind review of the book:
Sur une plage à San Francisco, une jeune photographe avec sa belle fille (la fille de son fiancé) de 6 ans. Elle lui lâche la main trente secondes et la petite fille disparaît… L’enquête patauge, le couple aussi, comment la vie continue. Un sommet de roman psychologique ! GÉNIAL !