We all start blogs for different reasons and for different purposes. I chose to start a blog to have a place to articulate my feelings towards books I’ve been reading, so as not to fill up my friends’ Livejournal pages with endless rants on books most have not (and probably won’t) read. Petite Anglaise started her blog as a way to reconnect with her former world, to a world separate from her daughter and boyfriend. As her blog developed and gained in popularity, the author and the online persona began to merge into one woman, trying to find happiness and love in Paris.
In her first book, aptly titled Petite Anglaise, Catherine takes us through an eloquent and wistful journey through her life as she rediscovers herself through her blog, her friends and her family. Based on true events, this story of Catherine Sanderson brings a new life to her popular blog. The book follows the span of a year, from the start of the blog, to Catherine’s settlement into being a single mother. She takes us on a special insider’s trip into her world, her life with boyfriend Mr. Frog and daughter Tadpole. Her love affair with frequent blog commenter Jim from Rennes, and the ups and downs of relationships that are all too common in any city, in any country.
The book a very keen first chapter that sets the mood of the book, her frustrations with Mr. Frog, her love for Tadpole and her incessant obsession with everything related to her blog. What makes this book more endearing, is that its based on a real person. Although there is always something stalker-ish about blogs in general, I figure whatever Petite doesn’t want us to know, she wouldn’t post on her blog and wouldn’t publish in her book.
When I first read the synopsis on the back cover, I thought to myself, “great, another chick-flick as a book”, but this turned out to be something more profound. Maybe its Catherine’s writing style, her warm tone yet sarcastic tone, her effortless skill with description, her vulnerability as a writer and as a person encouraging the reader to keep reading, to live vicariously through Catherine’s life as many people have done previously through her blog posts.
You can go to her blog to read about her from the very beginning and were she has ended up right now. As long as the blog survives the story can continue. You can currently pre-order the book on Amazon, it is set to be published next week (June 17th).