2015. Translated by Alison Anderson.
Employing wry humor and a deceptively simple style, Amélie Nothomb writes about twin abiding passions: one for champagne, and the other for a riotous friendship between her protagonist and Pétronille Fanto, a woman who refuses to drink alone. This is a funny, moving, “exotic” novel about travel, France, Champagne, and, above all, about women’s friendship. The on-again/off-again friendship between Petronille and the main character in the book, a writer by the name of Amélie Nothomb, gives the story it verve and the novel its heart. Delightful and witty, Pétronille is further proof of Nothomb’s versatility and brilliance.