The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R. by Carole DeSanti

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DeSanti’s voice and vision are less apocalyptic and more feminist...hers is the poem of female desires: sexual, artistic, political, intellectual, maternal. And all these unfold amid a richness of historical detail...
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A young woman follows the man she loves to Paris and finds, amid the wildness of Second Empire luxury and treachery, many loves to win and lose. She must also find a way to a life she can truly call her own.

"An arresting tale of what it meant to survive as a woman . . . [and] an unflinching portrait of love and loss against a landscape of Parisian decadence.”—Deborah Harkness

“Epic times make for epic books . . . Wonderful, suspenseful reading.”—Karen Joy Fowler

"Eugénie R. is every girl in a daguerreotype looking over her shoulder, every woman with a baby hurrying away from you down a gas-lit street, and then too, she is the first of her kind, a woman who stands at her own barricades and fights a France determined to render her silent. I lost myself whole-heartedly in her story, and would have followed her down any narrow alley, into any candlelit room, just to know what happened, to stay back there and to delay coming home."—Sarah Blake

“Fiction in the grand tradition of Dickens and Tolstoy.”—Howard Frank Mosher

"Lord! How beautifully this is written. How rare that is to discover."—Dorothy Allison
 

About Carole DeSanti

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Carole DeSanti is a longtime book editor and champion of new voices in fiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and the Women's Review of Books. Visit www.caroledesanti.net.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Mariner Books. 437 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nancy Kline on May 04 2012

DeSanti’s voice and vision are less apocalyptic and more feminist...hers is the poem of female desires: sexual, artistic, political, intellectual, maternal. And all these unfold amid a richness of historical detail...

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