A Splendid Gift – by Alyson Richman – independent book review – Historical Fiction (France)

A feast of language. Only 54 pages long. But powerful! Awarded give stars on Goodreads.

splendidgiftCurrently one of my favorite authors, for both her beautiful stories and exquisite use of language, this wonderfully imagined short story from Alyson Richman is based on the life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, famed author of THE LITTLE PRINCE.

The story goes that during the writing of THE LITTLE PRINCE, de Saint-Exupéry had a love affair with a woman who inspired the character of the wise fox. And it’s their relationship that Richman creates in this novella. The result is a beautifully written love story, full of acceptance, inspiration, and tenderness.

This is a very quick read. Maybe an hour or so. But I will remember both the characters and the writing for a very long time.

You may be interested in my reviews of other books by Alyson Richman. She’s one of my favorites.

The Secret Clouds

The Garden of Letters

The Velvet Hours

The Lost Wife

The Rhythm of Memory


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