BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘The Anomaly’ by Herve Le Tellier

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, host of the long-running Book Stew, a video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, authors, playwrights, and even a cat who survived a tornado and wrote a book about it.

The Anomaly by Herve Le Tellier

This completely startling novel (well, if you were into the TV show Lost, and the movie The Truman Show, maybe a tiny bit familiar) was so remarkable that I had to read it again as soon as I finished.

The plot: a flight from Paris to NYC in March of 2021 (no pandemic cited, whew, you couldn’t have had both) powers through the most awful cloud formations and violent turbulence, with the plane nearly breaking apart, into the sudden gleam of bright sunlight and a successful landing.

Then, in June 2021, three months later, a flight from Paris to NYC (no pandemic cited, whew, you couldn’t have had both) powers through the most awful cloud formulations, and violent turbulence, with the plane nearly breaking apart, into the sudden gleam of bright sunlight and a successful landing.

The very same plane, pilot, passengers, weather — TWICE, ONE HUNDRED DAYS APART.

Truly an unforgettable must-read, winner of the Goncourt Prize in France, and winner of my eternal admiration for both author and translator.

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