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McLean, Anne (Translator), Vila-Matas, Enrique

This brilliantly ironic novel about literature and writing, in Vila-Matas's trademarkwitty and erudite style, is told in the form of a lecture delivered by a novelistclearly a version of the author himself. The lecturer tells of his two-year stintliving in Marguerite Duras's garret during the seventies, spending time with writers,intellectuals, and eccentrics, and trying to make it as a creator of literature:I went to Paris and was very poor...

Black, Cara, Soho Press Staff

The village-like neighborhood of Passy, home to many of Paris's wealthiest residents, is the last place one would expect a murder. But when AimÉe Leduc's godfather, Morbier, a police commissaire , asks her to check on his girlfriend at her home there, that's exactly what AimÉe finds. Xavierre, a haut bourgeois matron of Basque origin, is strangled in her garden while AimÉe waits inside. Circumstantial evidence makes Morbier the prime suspect...

Urbach, Linda

Picking up after the shattering end of Gustave Flaubert's classic, Madame Bovary, this beguiling novel imagines an answer to the question Whatever happened to Emma Bovary's orphaned daughter?   One year after her mother's suicide and just one day after her father's brokenhearted demise, twelve-year-old Berthe Bovary is sent to live on her grandmother's impoverished farm. Amid the beauty of the French countryside, Berthe models for the painter...

Vreeland, Susan

Bestselling author Susan Vreeland returns with a vivid exploration of one of the most beloved Renoir paintings in the world Instantly recognizable, Auguste Renoir’s masterpiece depicts a gathering of his real friends enjoying a summer Sunday on a caf terrace along the Seine near Paris. A wealthy painter, an art collector, an Italian journalist, a war hero, a celebrated actress, and Renoir’s future wife, among others, share this...

Muir, Kate

A devilishly sneaky, chic, and ironic peek at the glittering inhabitants of Paris’s most exclusive neighborhood Olivier and Madison Malin have what most celebrity magazines would call the perfect life. Olivier is a telegenic version of Sartre: philosopher, gourmand, and media personality—the darling of Paris’s most exclusive caf s, as well as the darling of more than one mistress. And Madison’s celebrity has eclipsed...

Johnson, Diane

A New York Times Bestseller Divorce follows this smart, sexy American abroad as she arrives in Paris to visit stepsister Roxy, a poet whose marriage into an aristocratic French family assured her of a coveted place in Parisian society. But all is not as it should be in the Persand household: Roxy's husband has just left her for the Czechoslovakian wife of an American lawyer. Could "le divorce" be far behind?

Sheene, Lynn

A stunning debut novel of a young American woman who becomes a spy in Paris during World War II. May 1940. Fleeing a glamorous Manhattan life built on lies, Claire Harris arrives in Paris with a romantic vision of starting anew. But she didn't anticipate the sight of Nazi soldiers marching under the Arc de Triomphe. Her plans smashed by the German occupation, the once- privileged socialite's only option is to take a job in a flower shop under...

Orringer, Julie

Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater ("fiercely beautiful"-- The New York Times; "unbelievably good"--Monica Ali), is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten...

Anderson, Alison (Translator), Gavalda, Anna

Prize-winning author Anna Gavalda has galvanized the literary world with an exquisite genius for storytelling. Here, in her epic new novel of intimate lives-and filled with the "humanity and wit" (Marie Claire) that has made it a bestselling sensation in France-Gavalda explores the twists of fate that connect four people in Paris. Comprised of a starving artist, her shy, aristocratic neighbor, his obnoxious but talented roommate, and a...

Bowen, Elizabeth

When eleven-year-old Henrietta arrives at the Fishers' well-appointed house in Paris, she is prepared to spend her day between trains looked after by an old friend of her grandmother's. Henrietta longs to see a few sights in the foreign city; little does she know what fascinating secrets the Fisher house itself contains. For Henrietta finds that her visit coincides with that of Leopold, an intense child who has come to Paris to be introduced...