A Paris Apartment: A Novel

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Bienvenue à Paris!

When April Vogt's boss tells her about an apartment in the ninth arrondissement that has been discovered after being shuttered for the past seventy years, the Sotheby's continental furniture specialist does not hear the words "dust" or "rats" or "decrepit." She hears Paris. She hears escape.

Once in France, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder's repository. Beneath the cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there's a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini. And then there are letters and journals written by the very woman in the painting, Marthe de Florian. These documents reveal that she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly April's quest is no longer about the bureaux plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It's about discovering the story behind this charismatic woman.

It's about discovering two women, actually.

With the help of a salty (and annoyingly sexy) Parisian solicitor and the courtesan's private diaries, April tries to uncover the many secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs into Marthe's life, April can't help but take a deeper look into her own. Having left behind in the States a cheating husband, a family crisis about to erupt, and a career she's been using as the crutch to simply get by, she feels compelled to sort out her own life too. When the things she left bubbling back home begin to boil over, and Parisian delicacies beyond flaky pâtisseries tempt her better judgment, April knows that both she and Marthe deserve happy finales.

Whether accompanied by croissants or champagne, this delectable debut novel depicts the Paris of the Belle Epoque and the present day with vibrant and stunning allure. Based on historical events, Michelle Gable's A Paris Apartment will entertain and inspire, as readers embrace the struggles and successes of two very unforgettable women.

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About the author

MICHELLE GABLE graduated from the College of William & Mary. She currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat. A Paris Apartment is her first novel.
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Macmillan
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Published on
Apr 22, 2014
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781466849624
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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Un roman éblouissant, inspiré d'un fait réel, qui vous fera voyager au coeur de la Belle Époque.

Quand April Vogt, expert en mobilier, apprend qu ́un appartement fermé depuis soixante-dix ans vient d ́être découvert à Paris, elle est loin de s ́imaginer les richesses et les secrets qu ́il renferme. Au milieu des nombreux trésors, April trouve le journal de Marthe de Florian, la très séduisante demi-mondaine qui y vécut en multipliant les amants. Comprendre la tumulteuse histoire de cette femme libre conduit April à une véritable plongée au cœur du Paris des artistes et des hommes politiques de la Belle Époque.

Découvrez l'incroyable histoire d'un trésor retrouvé intact 70 ans après dans un luxueux appartement parisien !


EXTRAIT

Elle voulait juste changer d’air. Et quand son patron avait prononcé les mots « appartement », « neuvième arrondissement » et « tout un bric-à-brac du dix-neuvième siècle », April avait pensé « vacances ». Elle aurait beaucoup de travail, certes, mais qu’importe, elle partait à Paris. Comme tout peintre, tout poète, tout écrivain et tout expert en objets d’art le savait, c’était l’endroit idéal pour s’évader. L’équipe parisienne se trouvait déjà sur place avec, à sa tête, Olivier. April le voyait déjà sillonnant l’appartement, son calepin à la main, griffonnant des notes de ses doigts osseux et crochus. Il avait demandé des renforts à New York, car ils avaient besoin d’un autre expert, et plus précisément d’un spécialiste en mobilier ancien pour compenser leur manque de compétence dans ce domaine. D’après le patron d’April, l’appartement de cinq pièces contenait « de quoi meubler une douzaine de lupanars de luxe ». Si Peter ne se faisait pas beaucoup d’illusions sur ce qu’ils allaient trouver, April en attendait beaucoup, quoique pour des raisons différentes.


CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUE

De l’amour, de l’art, de l’histoire, Paris ... que demander de plus ? - FineBooks Magazine

Une lecture charmante sur une histoire fascinante et la femme cachée derrière. - Historical Novel Society


À PROPOS DE L’AUTEUR

Michelle Gable a grandi à San Diego. Elle mène de front sa carrière d’auteur et une carrière professionnelle dans le milieu financier. Son roman, devenu best-seller, s’inspire d’un événement réel : la découverte en 2010 d’un appartement parisien de la Belle Époque laissé à l’abandon, comme figé dans le temps.
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