"A strong plot and a touching portrayal of how any of us might feel when unexpectedly confronted by the detritus of young love ... The 6:41 to Paris is a timely reminder that the past is always waiting to ambush us."--The New York Times Sunday Book Review
"Perfectly written and a remarkably suspenseful read ... an absorbing, intriguing, insightful book for all readers."--Library Journal (Starred review)
C cile, a stylish forty-seven-year-old, has spent the weekend visiting her parents in a provincial town southeast of Paris. By early Monday morning, she's exhausted. These trips back home are always stressful and she settles into a train compartment with an empty seat beside her. But it's soon occupied by a man she instantly recognizes: Philippe Leduc, with whom she had a passionate affair that ended in her brutal humiliation thirty years ago. In the fraught hour and a half that ensues, their express train hurtles towards the French capital. C cile and Philippe undertake their own face to face journey--In silence? What could they possibly say to one another?--with the reader gaining entr e to the most private of thoughts. This is a psychological thriller about past romance, with all its pain and promise.
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About the Author
Jean-Philippe Blondel was born in 1964 in Troyes, France where he lives as an author and English teacher. His novel The 6:41 to Paris has been a best-seller in both France and Germany. Alison Anderson is a novelist and translator whose previous translations include The Elegance of the Hedgehog.