Acquired via BookCrossing 02 Nov 2007 – trade with SephieG

A really lovely book; I was attracted by the Tunisian aspect, having been to that wonderful country twice now, and this novel follows the story of Fatima, considered unfortunate but useful in her village on the island of Djerba, who ups and leaves to be a lady’s maid in Paris. There, she gets involved in the lives of the ordinary – and extraordinary – people who live in her building and visit the cafe at the bottom of the stairs. From the colourful African builder to the elderly Labrador, all are drawn with humour and love, and it’s a lovely, positive, warm story.

This will be made available for a BookRing before hopefully being sent to a friend in Tunisia – I know a few people who will want to read it first!