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From the pen of LaurenceCoss, author of A Novel Bookstore, comes this delightful story about friendship across racial and economic barriers set in contemporary paris.

dithcan hardly believe it when she learns that Fadila, her sixty-year-old housemaid, is completely illiterate. How can a person living in Paris in the third millennium possibly survive without knowing how to read or write? How does she catch a bus, or pay a bill, or withdraw money from the bank? Why, it's unacceptable! She thus decides to become Fadilas French teacher. But teaching something as complex as reading and writing to an adult is rather more challenging that she thought. Their lessons are short, difficult, and tiring. Yet, during these lessons, the oh-so-Parisian dithand Fadila, an immigrant from Morocco, begin to understand one other as never before, and from this understanding will blossom a surprising and delightful friendship. dith will enter into contact with a way of life utterly unfamiliar to her, one that is unforgiving at times, but joyful and dignified.


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