A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable

By Michelle Gable

Booklet, 384 pages

Published April twenty second 2014 by means of Thomas Dunne Books

Bienvenue à Paris!

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

Once in France, April quick learns the house isn't purely a few wealthy hoarder's repository. underneath the cobwebs and rancid perfumed air is a goldmine, and never end result of the real gold (or painted ostrich eggs or fastened rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there's a portrait through one of many masters of the Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini. after which there are letters and journals written by way of the very lady within the portray, Marthe de Florian. those records demonstrate that she used to be greater than a popular courtesan with enviable decolletage. unexpectedly April's quest is not any longer concerning the bureaux plats and Louis-style armchairs that may fetch hundreds of thousands at public sale. It's approximately learning the tale at the back of this charismatic woman.

It's approximately studying ladies, actually.

With assistance from a salty (and annoyingly horny) Parisian solicitor and the courtesan's deepest diaries, April attempts to discover the various secrets and techniques buried within the condo. As she digs into Marthe's existence, April can't aid yet take a deeper inspect her personal. Having left at the back of within the States a dishonest husband, a kin predicament approximately to erupt, and a profession she's been utilizing because the crutch to easily get by way of, she feels forced to tackle her personal lifestyles too. whilst the issues she left effervescent again domestic start to boil over, and Parisian food past flaky pâtisseries tempt her higher 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 shiny and wonderful attract. in line with ancient occasions, Michelle Gable's A Paris house will entertain and encourage, as readers include the struggles and successes of 2 very unforgettable ladies.

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