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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; First Edition edition (June 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385522800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385522809
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,333,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Sanderson joins the growing list of bloggers whose writing has been adapted from the computer screen to the page. In her first book, she writes about her blog, Petite Anglaise, the journal of a young British woman living in Paris. She reveals the details of her struggling relationship with her long-term boyfriend, Mr. Frog, and the joys and frustrations of raising their toddler daughter, Tadpole. She becomes part of a community of bloggers, and her life is irrevocably changed when she has an affair with a reader. Sanderson depicts an unfamiliar, less-romantic Paris: one of days at the office, walks through the neighborhood park, and trips to the grocery store. Readers won’t miss the clichés and will instead be taken by Sanderson’s poignant, honest portrait of everyday life. Reading such intimate details can seem voyeuristic, but they also make the book hard to put down. --Aleksandra Walker

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Praise for Petite Anglaise


"Compulsively readable."
PW


"[Sanderson's] prose is infectious, and even when things are dire for her character, they're a delight for the reader."
NPR


A digital-age fairytale in Paris. Petite Anglaise is light, frank and tremendous fun… Like all good writers, her work simply enables us to appreciate the diversity, possibilities, trials, and beauty of life.”
Guardian


"Written with the same panache as her popular blog...Petite Anglaise offers a fresh twist on the classic story of reinvention abroad."
WWD Scoop


Magnificent … Sanderson has a novelist’s gift for capturing certain eternal situations.”
—Financial Times


A wonderful read.”
InStyle


"Readers will be taken by Sanderson's poignant, honest portrait of everyday life [in Paris]...Reading such intimate details can seem voyeuristic but they also make the book hard to put down."
Booklist


"Her seamless, dramatically paced narrative reads beautifully, and her ear for dialogue is excellent. Evocative descriptions of Paris are an added plus."
Kirkus


A winner…Written with breathtaking candor … it’s the story of a love affair—not so much with Mr. Frog, their adorable blonde daughter Tadpole, or even her elusive lover James, but with Paris itself … Like Peter Mayle, she brings France to life on the page.”
Daily Express


Petite Anglaise describes daily life in Paris to a T, interspersing bittersweet domestic scenes with an amusing picture of French manners.”
Conde Nast Traveler

More About the Author

I'm a thirty-six year old Brit who has been living in Paris for thirteen years.

I began blogging, anonymously, as "petite anglaise" back in July 2004, writing about life in Paris, about my daughter Tadpole and my partner, Mr Frog. Little did I know when I started blogging that "petite anglaise" was going to turn my life upside down.

A year later I fell in love with one of my blog readers and had to make some difficult decisions. In 2006 I was fired by my employers when they became aware of the existence of my blog. Later that year I signed a book deal to transform my story into a memoir.

These days I'm writing full-time and still madly in love with Paris.

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed this book and loved that it was the author's true story.
txbookie
Loved tadpole and Mr. Frog, and now enjoy reading in the blog that she's happily married and pregnant.
Rose Paulsen
Through her blog, she not only vents her feelings but also experiments a little bit.
Nancy S. West

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By wordsmith on May 29, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
As with others who have expressed disappointment with this book, I have to agree and chime in. I truly wanted to enjoy this story as I am keen on memoir and had once lived in Paris. Despite my predisposition to its premise, I found I couldn't enjoy it as the author comes across as quite narcissistic. So much of the narrative was filtered through what appears to be an endless abyss of insecurity. It made it difficult to relate to let alone find sympathy in her story. For example, she is forever interpreting less than lovely interactions as being done to or as affronts rather than realizing it's her approach and attitude that cause so much inner grief. My opinion of the book was sealed when I found myself repeatedly cringing at the author's descriptions of her toddler daughter. The author exults her romantic life to the detriment of other vital relationships. This book is one dimensional and ultimately a waste of time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a beach or airplane read. The author can be witty and she is at her best when she writes about everyday experiences in Paris, but too often her obsession with self and her tendency to take herself way too seriously get in the way. Sanderson's blog, especially the early entries, offers more of the light and entertaining anecdotal writing she is best at.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nancy S. West on March 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As her memoir opens, Catherine Sanderson has become an unhappy person. She loves her one-year-old daughter but finds motherhood demanding and frustrating. She is discontent in her relationship with her long-time partner. And even Paris, the city in which she's dreamed of living since childhood, is losing its luster for her.

So she finds a new love, ripe to be showered with devotion and attention. Well, she also has an affair. But the real object of Catherine's affection in the memoir Petite Anglaise is not "Jim from Rennes," who becomes her new boyfriend, but rather her blog, also called Petite Anglaise. Indeed, on a dull afternoon when her various sources of malcontent seem insurmountable, Catherine opens a page on her computer and starts writing. And then hits "publish," and a relationship is born.

This is the first memoir I've read about a girl and her blog. (The memoir "Julie and Julia" by Julie Powell stemmed from a blog, but the author makes only passing mention of it in the narrative, whereas for Sanderson it is a key player in her life.) At first, the blog is a creative outlet and an escape, but it gradually takes on the role of savior. Through her blog, she not only vents her feelings but also experiments a little bit. Like a lot of people, Catherine is a little more clever, a little sassier, a little more adventuresome in her writing than in her real life.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tribeca Girl on August 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
WARNING: SPOILER.

For those of you who have lived abroad, this is a fun read. However, I was not comfortable with the public deception. Even though the character is not married, she and her long term partner had a baby together and her partner deserved more respect, particularly since this is a true story and the character maintains a not-very-private blog. In other words, I appreciate that we can fall out of love with our partners, but I can't imagine her partner appreciated the public display of her complaints about their relationship and about her feelings for another man.

Aside from that, I enjoyed her descriptions of Paris, her love affair with another culture and her honesty regarding being a working mom.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E on August 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
I thought Sanderson's book was a fun beach book. However, some may take issue that the premise of her book is her story about cheating on her baby's father with another expat in France. That storyline could have been more highlighted. The advertising of the book is clever.

At times, Sanderson's point of view is gratingly self-absorbed, a sort of idealized narcissistic snapshot of a woman's familial betrayal and rise to internet star-dom.

I would have enjoyed more anecdotes on her raising a bilingual child and/or more snapshots from everyday life French life with highlights on food, etc. but it's essentially a very conceited narrative of an affair.

Nonetheless, engrossing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Skopetea on January 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
beautiful cover, but disappointing content..
the writing was simplistic or simply bad and nothing about the story, whether it was actually true or not was interesting or even likable.. the narration is boring and self centered, felt like reading the diary of a 13 year old, minus the sense of humor..
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terri DuLong on June 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Having followed Petite's blog off and on over a couple years, I actually had no intention of purchasing the book. Only because I thought perhaps it would be redundant of all her blog posts that I'd read. Wanting to support a fellow author, and because I'd always enjoyed her style of writing, I did pre-order this book.....and I was happily pleased.
First of all, I was impressed with the way Sanderson combined her blog postings effortlessly into a woven piece of work that read like fiction. I did recall a few of the incidents I'd previously read on her blog, but now written in a different way.
This is a delightful debut of a story that just happens to be true. The reader is allowed a glimpse behind the scenes, so to speak. I felt the depth of this author's writing was even stronger in her book than on her blog....and her writing on Petite Anglaise was excellent. But somehow I detected more emotion here than on her blog pages. So I was quite wrong to assume "it'll be identical to her blog."
Like the previous reader, I read this in two days. Much like her blog, I found myself setting the book down, only to be compelled to quickly resume reading.
Wishing much success to this author and looking forward to her fiction release.
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