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By Hilary Reyl

An evocative, coming-of-age tale a couple of Yale graduate’s 12 months in Paris as an assistant to a mythical American photographer: “An attractive debut novel” (Oprah.com, Editor’s Pick).

It’s 1989, the Berlin Wall is coming down, and Kate has simply graduated from Yale, wanting to pursue her goals as a fledgling painter. while she is available a task because the assistant to Lydia Schell, a recognized American photographer in Paris, she instantly accepts. It’s an opportunity not just to be on the middle of the artwork international, yet to come back to France for the 1st time seeing that, as a lonely nine-year-old lady, she was once despatched to the outskirts of Paris to reside with cousins whereas her father used to be loss of life.

Kate may possibly converse fluent French, yet she arrives on the Schell loved ones within the trendy 6th Arrondissement either beaten and naïve. She reveals herself surrounded by way of a seductive solid of characters: the individuals of the brilliant, pretentious kin with whom she forums, their collection of well-known buddies, Kate’s personal flamboyant cousin, a fellow Yalie who turns out to have all of it found out, and a bande of independently prosperous younger males with royal lineage. As Kate rediscovers Paris and her roots there, she starts off to question the kindness of the glamorous humans to whom she is so drawn in addition to her personal reasons in in need of their affection.

In compelling and sympathetic prose, Hilary Reyl completely captures this portrait of a precocious, formidable younger lady suffering to outline herself in a colourful global that spirals out of her regulate. Lessons in French is “rich and magnetic, a picture of 1 younger woman’s existence in a urban right away historic and effervescent over with lifestyles” (Booklist).

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