13, rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro
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American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of artifacts from World War I as he settles into his new office in Paris. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a feisty, charming Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars.
As Trevor examines and documents the relics the box offers up, he begins to imagine the story of Louise Brunet's life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who works for her father, and her attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13 rue Thérèse. The more time he spends with the objects though, the truer his imaginings of Louise's life become, and the more he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: Josianne, his clerk, who planted the box in his office in the first place, and with whom he finds he is falling in love.

This Bonus Edition eBook contains additional images of the original contents from the box of artifacts that will delight readers.

 

About Elena Mauli Shapiro

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Elena Mauli Shapiro was born and raised in Paris, France, in an apartment below the real-life Louise Brunet's. She has a BA from Stanford University in English and French, an MFA in Fiction Writing from Mills College, and an MA in Comparative Literature from UC Davis. This novel was a finalist for the 2009 Bakeless literary prize.
 
Published February 2, 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books. 276 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Louise’s brother survives the war only to die from the 1918 flu epidemic, her otherwise loving and unremarkable father sexually attacks Louise in a fit of despondency—an act that makes sense only as a literary excuse for Louise to marry Henri Brunet, her father’s associate in his jewelry bus...

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Shapiro's debut, an imaginative, sensual rendering of a Parisian woman's life, is told through the voice of Trevor Stratton, a young American scholar and translator working at a university in Paris. S

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A novel reimagines a real Frenchwoman’s lusty life from her unclaimed belongings.

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Shapiro's debut, an imaginative, sensual rendering of a Parisian woman's life, is told through the voice of Trevor Stratton, a young American scholar and translator working at a university in Paris.

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it belonged to a woman called Louise Brunet who lived above the author’s family apartment at 13, rue Thérèse near the Palais Royal in Paris.

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a vivid recreation of France during World War I and the twenties, and an engaging portrait of a spirited woman .

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