The Panda Theory
Gabriel is a stranger in a small Breton town. Nobody knows where he came from or why he's here. Yet his small acts of kindness, and exceptional cooking, quickly earn him acceptance from the locals.
His new friends grow fond of Gabriel, who seems as reserved and benign as the toy panda he wins at the funfair.
But unlike Gabriel, the fluffy toy is not haunted by his past . . .
Pascal Garnier is a leading figure in contemporary French literature, in the tradition of Georges Simenon. He lived in the Ardèche. Pascal Garnier died in March 2010.