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After his very successful tours for
The 6:41 to Paris
the author is back:

Jean-Philippe Blondel

on  Tour

May 15-28





 Release date: June 4, 2019
at New Vessel Press

157  pages

ISBN: 978-1939931672

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A French teacher on the verge of retirement is invited to a glittering opening that showcases the artwork of his former student, who has since become a celebrated painter. This unexpected encounter leads to the older man posing for his portrait. Possibly in the nude. Such personal exposure at close range entails a strange and troubling pact between artist and sitter that prompts both to reevaluate their lives.
Blondel, author of the hugely popular novel The 6:41 to Paris, evokes an intimacy of dangerous intensity in a tale marked by profound nostalgia and a reckoning with the past that allows its two characters to move ahead into the future. [provided by the publisher]

“Blondel writes superbly.”
Le Monde


portrait de Jean-philippe Blondel 

Jean-Philippe Blondel
was born in 1964 in Troyes, France
where he lives as an author and English teacher.
His novel The 6:41 to Paris has been acclaimed
in both the United States and Europe.


Alison Anderson is a novelist and translator of literature from French. Among the authors she has translated are JMG Le Clézio, Christian Bobin, Muriel Barbery and Amélie Nothomb. She has lived in Northern California and currently lives in a village in Switzerland.
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Hall Ways Blog

Author Jean-Philippe Blondel’s use of imagery and figurative language breathes life into every page.
What strikes me in this beautiful, lyrical novel, is that… Alison Anderson’s work is flawless. Honestly, the writing is superior to many of the novels I read which are in their original language. I am thoroughly impressed with Anderson’s translation.

Mangeuse de livres

The writing is smooth, not in a bad sense, but smooth as a snowy slope for good sledding. This is of course not a novel with twists and turns, but it doesn’t need them to be pleasant. I very much appreciated Louis Claret’s humor, disenchantment, and his kindness without limit. It’s a quiet novel to read on a rainy day.

Words And Peace

Powerful and lyrical portrait of a man revisiting his life. Must read literary fiction


I loved the genuine feel of the story, the use of nuance, playing with complexities of life, that the author gave me.
It’s vivid and compelling, and it’s beautiful writing.

Locks, Hooks and Books

I would recommend this quick read for readers who enjoy reading books involving art culture where they can too learn something about themselves.
Exposed is most definitely worth a read.

Book Dilettante

The novel is written with restraint and leaves a lot for the reader to intuit. An intriguing book that I enjoyed for its unusual style, writing, and personalities.

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