By JONATHAN DURBIN JAKE LAMAR FRANCINE PROSE NATALIE DANFORD
September 04, 2006 12:00 PM

By Grégoire Bouillier

REVIEWED BY JAKE LAMAR

MEMOIR

Existential angst has rarely been as humorous or as heartbreaking as it is in this slender French memoir. Years after leaving without explanation or goodbye, the love of the author’s life has phoned not to explain, but to ask him to be the mystery guest at an artist’s birthday party. That excruciating ordeal—and an enigmatic exchange with his ex—releases Bouillier from his past and, improbably, helps make him a writer. While its social and cosmic musings can be too detailed, the book is saved by the author’s appreciation for life’s uncanny serendipity.

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