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A Very French Christmas:
The Greatest French Holiday Stories
of All Time

(short story collection)

Release date: October 10, 2017
at New Vessel Press

ISBN: 978-1939931504
142 pages



A continuation of the very popular Very Christmas Series from New Vessel Press, this collection brings together the best French Christmas stories of all time in an elegant and vibrant collection featuring classics by Guy de Maupassant and Alphonse Daudet, plus stories by the esteemed twentieth century author Irène Némirovsky and contemporary writers Dominique Fabre and Jean-Philippe Blondel.
With a holiday spirit conveyed through sparkling Paris streets, opulent feasts, wandering orphans, kindly monks, homesick soldiers, oysters, crayfish, ham, bonbons, flickering desire, and more than a little wine, this collection encapsulates the holiday spirit and proves that the French have mastered Christmas. This is Christmas à la française—delicious, intense and unexpected, proving that nobody does Christmas like the French.

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Alphonse Daudet, Guy de Maupassant, Anatole France
Irène Némirovsky, Jean-Philippe Blondel, Dominique Fabre,
Paul Arene, Francois Coppee, Antoine Gustave Droz, Anatole La Braz

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Books Are Cool

This book very successfully presents us with an excellent selection of festive French literature that I think will please and interest the vast majority of readers.
The Frenchness emerges in various ways in the anthology.
The book makes for an interesting, enjoyable and educational read, will make your Christmas more multi-cultural and will, I hope, tempt you to discover more French writers after sampling the writing in this anthology.

The Fictional 100

A Very French Christmas: The Greatest French Holiday Stories of All Time is a joy to hold and page through, as it is beautifully produced–not surprising since it comes from New Vessel Press.
I have described so many stories, because they were all so fascinating, just as the book’s subtitle promises. The Christmas themes are treated with a refreshing originality and variety, and I can imagine returning to reread this collection for many Christmases to come.

The French Village Diaries

This selection of Christmas tales was full of beautifully written pieces.
Culturally I learned a lot and was certainly glad to make my acquaintance of some of France’s great writers. I am looking forward to re-reading this book nearer the festive season and now that I’ve dipped my toes into the literature of some of France’s greats, I’m keen to read more.

Words And Peace

Experience Christmas as you have never before, with this unique, very French short story collection.


There’s a definite French-ish feel to the stories, and all of them have a little dash of Christmas in them.
Yes, these are good stories. More than that, they are remarkably good stories. So good that I think I’ll go back and read them again.

Reading To Unwind

This is a short story collection like none I have ever read before.
The stories where great with very profound lessons.

Reading for the Stars and Moon

I feel like this is a nice little book that shows the differences in culture and tradition of a French Christmas toward, for me, an American Christmas.
I would definitely recommend this book if you like to read about other cultures.

Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Each story is only about to 5-15 pages long.
They are fun, interesting, heartwarming, inspiring, delightful, magical, compelling, and even sometimes funny.
I loved learning more about French culture during Christmas time.

Locks, Hooks and Books

I liked learning about the way French celebrate Christmas and seeing something other than British or American


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