A Bookshop in Berlin

Francoise Frenkel


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Pushkin Press
25 January 2024
ISBN: 9781805330318
304 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Stephanie Smee

Initially published as No Place to Lay One’s Head – the unforgettable story of one woman’s struggle to survive persecution in wartime France

In 1921, Françoise Frenkel-a Jewish woman from Poland-opens Berlin’s very first French bookshop. It is a dream come true. The bookshop attracts artists and diplomats, celebrities and poets. It brings Françoise peace, friendship and prosperity. Then, in the summer of 1939, the dream ends and Françoise’s desperate, headlong flight from Nazi persecution begins.

Unfolding in Berlin, Paris and against the romantic landscapes of southern France, A Bookshop in Berlin is a heartbreaking tale of human cruelty and unending kindness; and of a woman whose lust for life refuses to leave her, even in her darkest hours.