The 6:41 to Paris

The 6:41 to Paris

by Jean-Philippe Blondel

Translated by Alison Anderson

Published by: New Vessel Press

146 Pages, 5.25 x 8.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781939931269
  • Published: December 2015

$14.95

"A strong plot and a touching portrayal of how any of us might feel when unexpectedly confronted by the detritus of young love ... The 6:41 to Paris is a timely reminder that the past is always waiting to ambush us."—The New York Times Sunday Book Review

"Perfectly written and a remarkably suspenseful read ... an absorbing, intriguing, insightful book for all readers."—Library Journal (Starred review)

Cécile, a stylish forty-seven-year-old, has spent the weekend visiting her parents in a provincial town southeast of Paris. By early Monday morning, she's exhausted. These trips back home are always stressful and she settles into a train compartment with an empty seat beside her. But it's soon occupied by a man she instantly recognizes: Philippe Leduc, with whom she had a passionate affair that ended in her brutal humiliation thirty years ago. In the fraught hour and a half that ensues, their express train hurtles towards the French capital. Cécile and Philippe undertake their own face to face journey—In silence? What could they possibly say to one another?—with the reader gaining entrée to the most private of thoughts. This is a psychological thriller about past romance, with all its pain and promise.


Reading group guide is available from New Vessel Press.