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The People in the Photo
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The People in the Photo

By Hélène Gestern
Published by Gallic Books
ISBN 9781908313546
Category Literary Fiction
Spring 2014


Parisian archivist Hélène places an advert calling for information on her late mother and two men pictured with her at a tennis tournament in 1971. Against the odds, she receives a response from the son of one of the people in the photo and together they piece together the truth.

Author's Biography

Hélène Gestern was born in 1971. She lives and works in Nancy and teaches linguistics at CNRS. The People in the Photo is her first novel. It has won more than 20 literary awards.


'[A] beautiful debut' Closer 

'Beautiful ... captivating ... real to the bone drama' The Friendly Shelf 

'Breathing life back into the epistolary genre, The People in the Photo is an elegant investigation into the workings of identity and history.' 4.5 stars The Bookbag 

'Hélène Gestern’s debut is an elegant, moving drama – and as compulsive a page-turner as I’ve read recently' Francofille 

'Will touch your reading soul.' Liz loves Books


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Reader Comments

A delight to read, in a fine translation.
Lovely read. So unusual and loving the emotional state of the authors discernable by their signing off mode
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