An enthralling mystery about chasing the unknown, the nostalgia for what could have been, and most importantly, the persistence of curiosity.” San Francisco Book Review on The Red Notebook
Avid antiques collector Pierre-François Chaumont unearths the find of a lifetime at a Paris auction house: an eighteenth-century portrait of a gentleman who looks just like him. Researching into the painting's history, he has the chance to abandon his tedious existence and walk into a brand new life . . .
Antoine Laurain is a Parisian screenwriter, antiques collector, and prize-winning novelist. The President’s Hat was a 2013 ABA Indies Introduce choice.
"A delightful literary soufflé that fans of his other charming books will savor." —Library Journal
"The story will captivate through its unique charm. . . . A quick read that will leave readers eager for more of Laurain’s delightful works." —Portland Book Review
"Effortlessly eloquent, quietly hilarious and consistently self-aware, Antoine Laurain’s debut novel is a delightful read." —Reader's Digest
"It’s delightful." —Star Tribune
"Laurain’s novella is distinctive for its energetic prose and plot and for his skill in rendering simple what is otherwise complex . . . pure entertainment." —Riveting Reviews
"A superlatively enjoyable little treasure from France’s best current purveyor." —The Book Bag
"Antoine Laurain is an excellent storyteller." —Le Figaro