"Blondel’s moving and dynamic novel explores the intersecting lives of visitors and staff at a provincial French café . . . The café serves as the perfect theater for tragicomedy . . . This has plenty of charm."
“Gives an essential glimpse into the origins of Ferrante’s work … A mesmerizing companion to Ferrante’s Neapolitan project as well as a daring work of both social criticism and narrative inventiveness that stands, toweringly, on its own.”