photographs, keepsakes, and letters as glimpses into her life and relationships. We read the love letters from her cousin Camille, who her father forbade her to marry, fighting in the war. We view photographs of Louise's father, one from his youth and the other as an older man. We even see Louise's white communion gloves. Since scans of the items from Louise's box, in addition to Trevor's translations, are shown in the book, readers may attempt to decipher their histories just like Trevor.
I was drawn to read this book because of its unique concept, which originated from the author's own life. Growing up, she lived on 13 rue Thérèse in the same building as a woman named Louise Brunet. When Louise died, she had no known relatives to collect her things, so other people living in the building were able to take what they wanted from her apartment; Shapiro's mother took the box of mementos. 13, rue Thérèse was a very enjoyable read. Shapiro's style of writing is quite poetic, and I often re-read certain passages because of her distinctive way with description. I look forward to more from this author in the future.
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