It might be a French book translated into English, but the story here is universal – one we can all relate to (if you get on with your siblings, at least).
Breaking Away sees a grownup Garance reunited with her sister Lola and brothers, Vincent and Simon – a rare occasion for adults with four very different lives to lead. Finding themselves momentarily relieved of any responsibilities, it’s as if nothing has changed since they were children. Such moments are fleeting, but the 150 or so pages in which we are privvy to their joy will leave you with a smile on your face. Set against the backdrop of a roadtrip in France, Anna Gavalda’s novella is truly charmant. ★★★