By Michelle Gable

Publication, 384 pages

Published April twenty second 2014 via Thomas Dunne Books

Bienvenue à Paris!

When April Vogt's boss tells her approximately an condo within the 9th arrondissement that has been found after being shuttered for the prior seventy years, the Sotheby's continental furnishings professional doesn't pay attention the phrases “dust” or “rats” or “decrepit.” She hears Paris. She hears escape.

Once in France, April speedy learns the condo isn't in simple terms a few wealthy hoarder's repository. underneath the cobwebs and off perfumed air is a goldmine, and never a result of genuine gold (or painted ostrich eggs or fastened rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there's a portrait by means of one of many masters of the Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini. after which there are letters and journals written via the very girl within the portray, Marthe de Florian. those records show that she used to be greater than a well known courtesan with enviable decolletage. without warning April's quest is not any longer in regards to the bureaux plats and Louis-style armchairs that might fetch thousands at public sale. It's approximately getting to know the tale in the back of this charismatic woman.

It's approximately learning ladies, actually.

With assistance from a salty (and annoyingly horny) Parisian solicitor and the courtesan's deepest diaries, April attempts to discover the numerous secrets and techniques buried within the house. As she digs into Marthe's existence, April can't aid yet take a deeper investigate her personal. Having left at the back of within the States a dishonest husband, a kinfolk predicament approximately to erupt, and a profession she's been utilizing because the crutch to easily get by way of, she feels pressured to tackle her personal existence too. while the issues she left effervescent again domestic start to boil over, and Parisian food past flaky pâtisseries tempt her greater judgment, April is aware that either she and Marthe deserve satisfied finales.

Whether observed via croissants or champagne, this delectable debut novel depicts the Paris of the Belle Epoque and the current day with bright and attractive attract. in keeping with old occasions, Michelle Gable's A Paris condo will entertain and encourage, as readers include the struggles and successes of 2 very unforgettable ladies.

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There were still plenty of whites who in their heart of hearts (and some not so secretly) thought Brown was the Devil incarnate. As a historian and a revolutionary, straightening out the story was Grissom’s job. And he was right: the killings struck a blow straight into the heart of old Virginia, wounding the myth of white invulnerability, the arrogance that would send armed boys after rebel slaves. Still. Did they cry for their mothers? Yasmin wondered, to herself. How did the knife feel in the hand?

So I returned to Philadelphia in time to reach Bethel Church before Douglass. The notes I had hoped to get from others, I took myself, and it was well that I did, since my friends were busy with other matters, as you will see. Here they are: transcribed for you from the Latin which has served me well these four years: The Church was secured by some fifty abs, many of them students; some of them friends of mine and others, I am sure, friends of yours; and all armed with belaying pins from the docks.

It took them only twenty min­utes to cover the steep streets of Harper’s Ferry. There wasn’t much to see. Floods and time had done what war had failed to accomplish, and except for the guests at the Shenandoah Inn, nobody lived below the Bolivar Heights—the bluff that edged the plain to the west. There were only the stumps and shells of brick buildings from the brief boom years before the War. The treasure of the town was not in its dank stone buildings but, as John Brown had so correctly noted, its strategic situation: cra­dled between two forked mountain rivers where they plunge through the gap in a mountain that was straight, smooth, and almost unbroken to the south, looking to Brown and Tubman like a spear pointing at the heart of the slave South.

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