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The President's Hat.

The President's Hat

Antoine Laurain

Gallic Books

c/o Meryl Zegarek Public Relations

255 West 108 Street, Suite 901, NY, NY 10025

9781908313478, $14.95, 208 pp,

Synopsis: "The President's Hat" is a charming fable about the power of a hat that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride through French life during the Mitterrand years. Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President Franois Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him. After the presidential party has gone, Daniel discovers that Mitterrand's black felt hat has been left behind. After a few moments' soul-searching, Daniel decides to keep the hat as a souvenir of an extraordinary evening. It's a perfect fit, and as he leaves the restaurant Daniel begins to feel somehow ... different. Has Daniel unwittingly discovered the secret of supreme power?

Critique: Translated from French into English by Gallic Books, "The President's Hat" is a fascinating, occasionally whimsical, and always entertaining read from first page to last. Of special note is author Antoine Laurain's singular ability to recreate an era when what men and women wore upon their heads was as important as any other aspect of the clothing that they wore. "The President's Hat" is highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections. It should be noted that "The President's Hat" is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.00).

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Publication:Small Press Bookwatch
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Date:Feb 1, 2014
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