By Agnes Desarthe

At forty-three, Myriam has been a spouse, mom, and lover—but by no means a restauranteur. whilst she opens Chez Moi in a quiet local in Paris, she has no concept the best way to run a enterprise, yet armed in basic terms together with her love of cooking, she is decided to aim. slightly capable of pay the hire, Myriam secretly sleeps within the eating room and bathes within the kitchen sink, whereas suffering to return to phrases with the painful thoughts of her previous. yet quickly sufficient her delectable delicacies brings her many friends to Chez Moi, and Myriam unearths that she could get a moment likelihood at existence and love. Redolent with the points of interest, smells, and tastes of Paris, Chez Moi is an enthralling tale that may attract the various readers who fell in love with Joanne Harris’s Chocolat and Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate.

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That is how I interpret this information he has given me and which would otherwise be pointless. ’ ‘If you like,’ he says, as if the pleasure would be mine. He sits down on the moleskin banquette for women while I nip behind the counter to get away from his breath. I adore my percolator. And that’s not too strong a word, I really adore it, like an idol. There it stands, gleaming, with its handles and buttons, its tubes and grids like the dashboard of a private jet. I can’t get over the luxury of it.

It cost a fortune and it’s so easy to do it’s soulless. It’s the sea they should be thanking, not me. My own vanity is intoxicating. I’ve made the decision: no more raw fish. My first two customers are schoolgirls. They come through the door at quarter past twelve. Chez moi has been open for several days. I’ve had a visit from the florist next door who has bad breath and claims to be very persnickety. He announces the fact proudly, as if it were some sort of prestigious pedigree. I think he chose the flower trade in the hope of masking the wafting bile that creates such a stench on his palate.

Shit, I think. That’s it. It’s as stupid as that: people don’t realize I’ve opened a restaurant. Oh, Vincent, Vincent, you’re such a help to me! ’ ‘No I put all the money from the sale of the salon de thé into the Stock Market. I felt happier taking out a loan to buy this business,’ I say, to impress him. ‘Clever’, he says softly, sketching a wink. I’m beginning to like my new personality, that’s one of the difficulties with being so adaptable: any set-up will do. I don’t feel cramped in a businesswoman’s smart shoes.

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