In France, Gone in the Night by Guillaume Musso, about a murderous group of school friends whose secrets are about to be revealed, was the top fiction title in July. Despite being one of the country’s most popular authors and being translated into 40 languages, Musso has yet to find a U.S. publisher. Another perennial bestseller, Marc Levy, took the second spot with his romantic comedy A Woman Like Her, and was followed by Joël Dicker’s novel, The Disappearance of Stephanie Mailer.
The Spanish, too, were taken with Swiss author Dicker’s novel, which knocked María Dueñas The Captain’s Daughters to the second spot. Nacho Caretero’s Fariña, an investigation into drug trafficking in Galicia, was the bestselling nonfiction book in the country at the end of July.
Polish-born Helena Janeczek fictionalized the relationship of Robert Capa and Gerda Taro during the Spanish Civil War in The Girl with the Leica, which bumped Andrea Camilleri’s The Catalanotti Method from the top spot in Italy. Janeczek’s novel, which won the 2017 Strega Prize, will be published in English by Europa Editions in 2019.
FictionRank Title Author Imprint 1 La jeune fille et la nuit (Gone in the Night) Guillaume Musso Calmann-Lévy 2 Une fille comme elle (A Woman Like Her) Marc Levy Laffont-Seghers-NiL-Julliard 3 La disparition de Stephanie Mailer (The Disappearance of …) Joël Dicker Bernard de Fallois
NonfictionRank Title Author Imprint 1 Un été avec Homère (A Summer with Homer) Sylvain Tesson Ed. des Equateurs 2 Champions (Champions) – Hugo Sport 3 Le lambeau (The Flap) Philippe Lançon Gallimard
Fiction Nonfiction CombinedRank Title Author Imprint 1 La ragazza con la Leica (The Girl with the Leica) Helena Janeczek Guanda 2 Il metodo Catalanotti (The Catalanotti Method) Andrea Camilleri Sellerio Editore Palermo 3 Il purgatorio dell’angelo (The Purgatory of the Angel) Maurizio De Giovanni Einaudi 4 A bocce ferme (After the Dust Has Settled) Marco Malvaldi Sellerio Editore Palermo 5 Ogni respire (Every Breath) Nicholas Sparks Sperling Kupfer 6 Divertiti con Luì e Sofì (Have Fun with Luì and Sofì) Me contro Te Mondadori Electa
FictionRank Title Author Imprint 1 La desaparición de Stephanie Mailer (The Disappearance of …) Joël Dicker Alfaguara 2 Las hijas del Capitán (The Captain’s Daughters) María Dueñas Planeta 3 El cuento de la criada (The Handmaid’s Tale) Margaret Atwood Salamandra
NonfictionRank Title Author Imprint 1 Fariña (Fariña) Nacho Carretero Libros del KO 2 Teoría King Kong (King Kong Theory) Virginie Despentes Random House 3 Nada es tan terrible (Nothing Is So Terrible) Rafael Santandreu Grijalbo