I bought this book because it sounded like a fluffy, fun read (complete with pastel cover). This was before the New York Times identified it as part of a trend (TimesSelect) of books set in contemporary Paris. It is way more than that. With this book I actually put it down for a few days so I wouldn't finish it all in one sitting. It was that captivating.
A lot of it reminded me of my expat days of 2005, sometimes pleasantly, sometimes painfully. Narrator Klein is hilarious and awkward and lovely, but most of all honest about what it means to drop your American life (in her case, much more glamorous than my own) and take up residence in an arrondisement. By 50 pages in I was practically dusting off my passport. The book wasn't entirely realistic -- even a former fashionista would have a hard time living off her savings while trying to make it as an artist -- but I bought it, because heck, it's romantic. This book makes a great escape.
- Erica Jong, FEAR OF FLYING
- Kirsten Lobe, PARIS HANGOVER
- Herman Wouk, MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR
- Ben Yagoda, ABOUT TOWN: THE NEW YORKER AND THE WORLD IT MADE
- Adrian Nicole Leblanc, RANDOM FAMILY