Second Star


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Published: April 4, 2023


This item will be released on February 7, 2023.


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Book Description

Second Star is a series of lyrical meditations on life’s often overlooked joys, from peeling a clementine, sipping a cold mojito, to washing your windows. Whether biting into a bitter turnip or savoring a summer evening, Delerm pauses to consider each pang of pleasure. Vividly translated by Jody Gladding, these glimpses invite us to linger, as if each bite of a ripe watermelon, each exhaled breath on a
bitterly cold day, each cloudy evening on the beach, were our last. A still life in motion, Second Star “consumes the present” with a quiet curiosity, asking us to “put off tomorrow” and join Delerm in tasting, touching, listening, and noticing.

Throughout this collection of lighthearted vignettes, the author invites readers to slow down and cherish moments . . . getting caught in a rain shower, eating a clementine one-handed . . . or the joy of bouncing a baby in your arms . . . Delerm’s brief observations allow readers to dip in and out, offering moments of reflection and contemplation.
Kirkus Reviews

If the singularity of Philippe Delerm’s work had to be summarized in one image, it would be this: the decanting of key moments in our lives. Letting the tumult of our modern existence come to rest, letting the surperfluous bits sink to the bottom, so that the writing, that prodigious alchemist, can reveal to us the truth of those moments in all its limpidity — and their beauty.

Philippe Delerm is the jubilation of minimalism.
Librairie de l'Express literature, [Delerm] has always embodied the sensitive man in the most noble sense of the word . . . with the ability to capture as clearly as possible the happinesses and melancholies of our lives.
La Vie Critique (Weekend)

It’s as though he’s an entomologist who unfolds, spreads open, and strips clean those fleeting moments we have all shared.
Laetitia Cénac, Le Figaro Madame

...these literary snapshots are so many shared moments. As always, with the mot juste, Philippe Delerm walks us through his daily life. Dancing by his side, watching a soccer match sitting on his couch, sharing Sunday dinner or breakfast toast. Between the “one” and the “I,” the personal pronoun is an invitation.
Karine Michel, Nice - Matin