An American in Paris falls in love with two women, one of whom he can only only imagine, in this wonderful debut.
As he settles into his new office in Paris, American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of century-old artifacts. The pictures, letters and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars.
Trevor begins to piece together the story of Louise's life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who works for her father, and her attraction to a neighbour in her building at 13 rue Therese. As he becomes enamored with the charming, feisty Louise of his imagination, he notices another alluring Frenchwoman, his clerk Josianne, who planted the mysterious box in his office, and with whom he decides he is falling in love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, 74b/w illustrations
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 01/09/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780755374243
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Review by shanaqui
I'm not sure what I just read, and I'm equally unsure whether I liked it. It is, as the back cover states, a puzzle story, and I'm not sure what I make of it. I found it disorientating, often unpleasant -- I didn't like Louise, and I found myself doubting the existence of all of the characters, wondering who was making up who and what.<br/><br/>The actual concept is fascinating to me, but the execution just left me confused -- and often, not at all sure I wanted to stay in the headspace of the characters.<br/><br/>On the other hand, for what it's worth, I stayed with the book right to the end.
Review by sbsolter
I did not finish this book. I really liked the idea of it - a story based around the few possessions left from someone's life in the past. However, I just couldn't get into it. It wasn't bad, I just found it boring. The characters did not interest me. I have some idea that there is a twist of sorts at the ending, but the lead-up to it was so vague that it did not grab me or keep me wanting to know more at all.