Crossing on the Paris
  • Crossing on the Paris
  • Crossing on the Paris

Crossing on the Paris

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by Dana Gynther
     
 

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The opulent age of empires is ending, but the great queens of the sea— the magnificent ocean liners—continue to reign supreme. Despite the tragedy of the Titanic, the race to build ever larger and more luxurious floating palaces continues, and passengers still flock to make the Atlantic crossing in style.

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Overview

The opulent age of empires is ending, but the great queens of the sea— the magnificent ocean liners—continue to reign supreme. Despite the tragedy of the Titanic, the race to build ever larger and more luxurious floating palaces continues, and passengers still flock to make the Atlantic crossing in style.

In 1921,the SS Paris leaves Le Havre on her maiden voyage. Aboard, passengers dine in glittering grandeur on French cuisine, served by hundreds of unnoticed servants and chefs. Below the waterline, the modern oil-fired engines throb day and night. And for three women, this voyage will profoundly change their lives.

Traveling first class, elderly Vera Sinclair is reluctantly moving back to Manhattan after thirty wonderful years abroad. In cozy second class, reveling in her brief freedom from family life, Constance Stone is returning after a failed mission to bring her errant sister home from France. And in the stifling servants’ quarters, young Le Havre native Julie Vernet is testing her wings in her first job as she sets out to forge her own future. For all three, in different ways, this transatlantic voyage will be a life-changing journey of the heart.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gynther skillfully interweaves the tales of three women sailing from France to America in 1921 on the grand ocean liner that gives this solid debut novel its name. Vera Sinclair, a wealthy, elderly woman dying of breast cancer, doubts her decision to leave Charles, with whom she's shared a long companionship based in "mutual, rich and true" love, move back to Manhattan for her final days. Constance Stone, a "quiet, responsible" mother of three, is returning to a passionless marriage after failing to bring her rebellious sister home from Paris. And Julie Vernet, beginning her first job in the steerage dining room, hopes to escape the haunting memories of the war that killed her four brothers. In their five days at sea, these women encounter people who force them to contemplate their choices and identity. In Gynther's capable hands, the Paris comes alive in historic detail. Each of these women has a distinct and interesting voice, and the bonds they form with one another feel strong and meaningful. Gynther switches smoothly between their points of view, weaving a wholly satisfying, nostalgic journey from beginning to end. Bon voyage. Agent: Michelle Brower, Folio Literary Management. (Nov.)
Pam Jenoff
“With rich detail and elegant prose, Gynther creates a resonant and memorable tale.”
Roberta Rich
"Entrancing . . . a graceful tale, written with wry humor, of three women separated by class, age, and temperament. . . . Richly and sensually drawn."
From the Publisher
Gynther scores with this first-rate story centering on three women whose lives intersect aboard an ocean liner...The ship’s details, the different levels of service and luxury experienced by the passengers and crew, as well as the twists and turns of the passage, prove engrossing...Gynther proves herself a fine storyteller with this artful tale.

“Gynther skillfully interweaves the tales of three women sailing from France to America in 1921 on the grand ocean liner that gives this solid debut novel its name…Each of these women has a distinct and interesting voice, and the bonds they form with one another feel strong and meaningful. Gynther switches smoothly between their points of view, weaving a wholly satisfying, nostalgic journey from beginning to end. Bon voyage.”

"Gynther's debut is a lovely story...the leisurely place allows the friendship between these women of disparate classes to shine in this pleasant tale."

A November 2012 Indie Next Pick, Crossing on the Paris, about three women returning to America on a voyage that will change their lives, has the feel of a riveting miniseries as you turn the pages expectantly wanting to find out how this voyage ends.

“With rich detail and elegant prose, Gynther creates a resonant and memorable tale.”

"Entrancing . . . a graceful tale, written with wry humor, of three women separated by class, age, and temperament. . . . Richly and sensually drawn."

Barnes and Noble Book Club
A November 2012 Indie Next Pick, Crossing on the Paris, about three women returning to America on a voyage that will change their lives, has the feel of a riveting miniseries as you turn the pages expectantly wanting to find out how this voyage ends.
Romantic Times
"Gynther's debut is a lovely story...the leisurely place allows the friendship between these women of disparate classes to shine in this pleasant tale."
Kirkus Reviews
In her debut, novelist Gynther scores with this first-rate story centering on three women whose lives intersect aboard an ocean liner. World War I has recently ended, and the French-based luxury liner, the Paris, is setting out on its maiden voyage to England and the United States. Three women climbing aboard the ship before departure are photographed together for the ship's newspaper, and as the five-day crossing progresses, their lives continue to overlap in unexpected ways. Julie, a young French girl whose four brothers died in the war, shattering her family, has taken a job aboard the ship. Excited at the prospect of leaving home for the first time, she reports from her position waiting tables and her life below deck in steerage. Second-class passenger Constance Stone is returning home to Massachusetts following a failed attempt to persuade her younger sister to come with her and try to talk their mentally deranged mother back to sanity; while elderly, ailing first-class passenger Vera Sinclair has given up her privileged life in Paris to return home to New York in order to wait for the inevitable. Julie and Constance both find romance they did not expect, and for Vera, there is also a discovery that changes everything she believes about herself. In the meantime, the three women keep crossing paths on the ship, not realizing how much they really have in common. Gynther does an excellent job of taking readers back to an Atlantic crossing in the early 1920s, when the U.S. was caught up in Prohibition and women were starting to question their roles in society. The ship's details, the different levels of service and luxury experienced by the passengers and crew, as well as the twists and turns of the passage, prove engrossing in Gynther's hands. Gynther proves herself a fine storyteller with this artful tale.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451678253
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
310,993
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Dana Gynther was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and Auburn, Alabama. She has an MA in French Literature from the University of Alabama. She has lived in France and currently lives in Valencia, Spain, where she and her husband work as teachers and translators. They have two daughters and an extremely vocal cat.

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