Left Bank by Kate Muir

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A chic peek at the glittering inhabitants of Paris’s most exclusive neighborhood

With the sting of a good Camembert, Kate Muir’s fiction debut is a sophisticated, fun, and delightfully ironic look at family life, Left Bank style. Olivier and Madison Malin are the toasts of Rive Gauche. A philosopher and media personality, Olivier is the darling of the Paris cafés with his perfectly tousled hair and mistress de jour on speed dial. An American film star turned Parisian “It” girl, Madison busies herself playing the part of the bon vivant. But when a crisis occurs with their daughter, these self-centered parents are forced to focus on something more than their own reflections.Left Bank is at once a delicious satire of Parisian pretension and a celebration of the city’s alluring glamour.

About Kate Muir

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Kate Muir writes a weekly column for "The Times" (London) and has worked as a foreign correspondent in Paris, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Published June 26, 2007 by Plume. 352 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a typically witty passage, Olivier fears his family will “win the Tolstoy prize for most varied and complicated unhappiness.” In another, a cheese purveyor is described with enough gastronomic acumen to set foodies salivating: “Barthélémy prided himself on timing his cheeses to go off, like a ...

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London Times columnist Muir's impressive fiction debut, an atmospheric tour of Paris, follows the contretemps of "the Great Mind and the Great Body of the Left Bank": Olivier Malin, descendant of an old-line French family (Victorieux à Touts is the family motto) and author of Chechnya: Beyond P...

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Madison and Olivier Malin are the "it" couple in France's famous Left Bank neighborhood.

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Entertainment Weekly

There are few specimens chicer or more drolly observed than handsome philosopher-about-town Olivier Malin, his rich, Texas-born movie-star wife, Madison, their attention-starved young daughter, Sabine, and Sabine's hip British nanny, Anna — the latter ''quite a different thing from those stolid ...

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The Independent

EH Sex Wars, by Marge Piercy (PIATKUS £6.99 (408pp)) Free love and feminism lie at the heart of Marge Piercy's 16th novel - not a novel of Sixties radicalism, but a historical recreation of post-Civil War New York.

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The Independent

Steeped in the syntax of Paris - the language of St-Sulpice hairdressers, the encoded eroticism of Christian Louboutin heels - she only comes unstuck when she fails to read the subtext of Anna's more visceral appeal.

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