The 6:41 to Paris

The 6:41 to Paris

Book - 2015
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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 entré to the most private of thoughts. This is a psychological thriller about past romance, with all its pain and promise.
Publisher: New York : New Vessel Press, ©2015
ISBN: 9781939931269
Branch Call Number: BLONDEL
Characteristics: 146 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Anderson, Alison
Alternative Title: Six forty-one to Paris


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Jul 15, 2019

A quick read.
A man and a woman are seated next to one another on a train. They see each other for the first time after they broke up 27 years ago. The "chapter" alternative between her POV and his. It shows how their lives changed.
I expected the introspection to be profound. It was not. They do not talk until the very end, and even then, they exchange very few words. What was the purpose of this book?

Jul 19, 2016

So awkward - sitting beside a former lover from 20 years ago on a train, wondering if the other recognizes you. Each one goes through their memories in the story. Quick read and easily possible in real life!

multcolib_darceem May 17, 2016

So awkward- So hard to put down!

Feb 28, 2016

Imagine having a man who broke your heart sit next to you on the train twenty years latter. You both are aware of the other but do you acknowledge it? What thoughts, regrets go through your head? A great wee read.

cmlibrary_amasters Jan 11, 2016

Beautifully introspective, this book explores the development of individual's characters in a very compact book. I couldn't set it down, and continued to reflect on it for days. A must read!

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