I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere

by Anna Gavalda, translated by Karen L. Marker

Available from Penguin Books

Hailed by Voici as "a distant descendant of Dorothy Parker," prize-winning Anna Gavalda has caused an international sensation with this dazzling collection of short stories selling over 700,000 copies in her native France. With arresting naturalism, a lively variety of perspectives, Gavalda writes simply--and beautifully--of human beings longing to connect. Gavalda has a knack for capturing our inner as well as our outer dialogues with perfect pitch, provoking reflection, pain, and laughter in equal measure. The stories in I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere are as wicked as they are insightful, as stylish as they are sparse, as fiercely unsentimental as they are emotionally wrought.

Anna Gavalda is an internationally acclaimed bestselling author, widely regarded as one of France's newest literary stars. A former high-school French teacher and mother of two, she lives outside of Paris.