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A Paris Apartment
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|A Paris Apartment
By Michelle Gable
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
Pub. Date: April 22, 2014
Genre: historical fiction
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
A Paris Apartment is based on a true story that recently came to light: in 2010 I believe, a 7-room apartment was discovered in Paris, 9th arrondissement. No one had entered it in 70 years, and it was crammed with precious pieces of furniture from all kinds of periods and provenances, that the family finally wanted to auction.
This historical novel features April Vogt, PhD in art history, an American furniture assessor working for the Sotheby company. She is urgently called by her boss to go spend the month of June in Paris to prepare that auction. It might be also a good time to get away for a while from her husband Troy. After 7 years of married life, their situation is rather shaky.
When April enters the apartment, she not only finds amazing furniture, but also a painting her expert eye recognizes right away as a work of the most famous portraitist of La Belle Époque, Giovanni Boldini, and even more intriguing: a bunch of letters dating back to 1898. Avidly reading these letters, April connects deeply with this mysterious woman, Marthe de Florian, and finds in this unique experience messages for her own life. Let me tell you why this was such an amazing historical novel.
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