A Time to Choose

A Time to Choose

by Janine Boissard

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pauline Moreau, now 19, narrates the third novel about her family as each of her four sisters makes decisions that will change all their lives. PW said, ``With understated knowingness about families and a credibility that pleases, Boissard, well-served by her translator, creates the bittersweet ambience of the ties that bind a French family.'' (15-up)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Boissard's third novel is a sweetly told tale of adolescence set in modern-day France. Pauline Moreau's world is changing. Her older sisters have married and left home. She has ended an affair with an older man and begins journalism school in fast-paced Paris. A series of predictable traumas occur: a friend's suicide attempt, an experiment with drugs, rebellion against parental authority. An older journalist enters Pauline's life and, after mutual misunderstandings, they live happily ever after. This a disappointing successor to Boissard's A New Woman ( LJ 6/1/82). Characters and plot are weak, and too many crucial events happen off-stage, leaving the reader confused. An uneven work at best. Cleta M. Alix, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA Teenage girls should find this sequel to A Matter of Feeling (1980) and Christmas Lessons (1984, both Little) wildly romantic. Pauline, now 19, has persuaded her parents to let her begin journalism school with her friend Bea. She uses an interview assignment as an excuse to reintroduce herself to 31-year-old novelist Paul Demogee, whom she had known briefly and fallen in love with the year before. Paul is standoffish and still embittered by the loss of his leg 14 years earlier. While she is working through her feelings for Paul, she comes into her own as a published writer and on an alternately idyllic and nearly tragic vacation with Bea, comes to a closer understanding of her friend. In all these trials, Pauline is surrounded by the warm supportive love of her family. Boissard's exquisite portrayal of Pauline's family relationships and her painful maturation has an immediacy and reality that have made Boissard's novels well received. The translation flows easily and smoothly, and the French setting only adds to the flavor of romance dominating this novel. Betsy Shorb, PGCMLS, Md.

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