“If you just opened to any page in this book and read the first sentence that appealed to you, it would sell itself. In my mind, it leaps off of the bookshelf, into your arms, and being finally introduced, you and it become inseparable.
“Jules Renard’s life is a strange and joyful mix of the mundane and remarkable. A writer, a father, a politician, and a devotee of the French countryside, Renard ran in circles that included Henri de Toulouse Lautrec and Sarah Bernhardt. He inspired W. Somerset Maugham, and Julian Barnes’ Nothing to be Frightened Of is largely devoted to Renard. Yet why is he virtually unknown today? I can’t answer that, but I can convince you to remedy the situation.
—Erin, Third Place Ravenna, Seattle, WA