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
Praise for Petite Anglaise
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"[Sanderson's] prose is infectious, and even when things are dire for her character, they're a delight for the reader."
“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.”
"Written with the same panache as her popular blog...Petite Anglaise offers a fresh twist on the classic story of reinvention abroad."
“Magnificent … Sanderson has a novelist’s gift for capturing certain eternal situations.”
“A wonderful read.”
"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."
"Her seamless, dramatically paced narrative reads beautifully, and her ear for dialogue is excellent. Evocative descriptions of Paris are an added plus."
“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.”
“Petite Anglaise describes daily life in Paris to a T, interspersing bittersweet domestic scenes with an amusing picture of French manners.”
—Conde Nast Traveler