A Farewell in Paris by Paul A. Myers

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A historical novel that’s more interested in famous names than emotional resonance.


It’s 1928 Paris and literary agent Bill Lawrence is successfully selling the work of Left Bank writers back to New York from his sumptuous apartment on Île Saint-Louis overlooking the Seine River. Kurt Eckhart, a Berlin correspondent, asks Bill’s help in publishing his war novel, a story about a doomed romance with a German nurse. Bill and Kurt were fellow infantry officers in the World War I American army. Coolly independent freelancer Kate Lundberg edits the novel while Bill’s interest in Kate grows during a late-night date at a Paris jazz bistro. The beautiful Djuna Barnes meets Kurt at a literary salon and strikes up a friendship and helps Kurt portray a more realistic, war-torn heroine in his novel. The exciting Left Bank life during the Paris Jazz Age is highlighted with cameos of Janet Flanner, Solita Solano, Margaret Anderson, Man Ray, Andre Breton, Sylvia Beach, Natalie Barney, while John Maynard Keynes provides a dramatic subplot on getting much needed food into defeated Germany in 1919. A brave war...a failed peace...a story set during the Jazz Age in Paris of the 1920s...with plenty of Lost Generation panache.

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Paul A. Myers is the author of four historical novels and several cultural profiles under the "French Sketches" title. Three of the four historical novels are set in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s and one is set in Vienna in 1934. The two Paris novels set in 1934 and 1935 are very much "history based" fiction with characters viewing firsthand the dramatic events in those years as Europe started the descent leading to the Second World War.
Published November 28, 2012 by Paul A. Myers Books. 248 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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on May 02 2013

A historical novel that’s more interested in famous names than emotional resonance.

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