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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781483003559
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Francine Prose
Francine Prose
Known as much for her wit as she is for her eclecticism, Francine Prose is a true renaissance woman of the literary set. She has written essays, art and literary reviews, translations, children’s books, novellas, and short stories -- not to mention bitingly humorous novels like Bigfoot Dreams and Blue Angel.

Biography

When it comes to an author as eclectic as Francine Prose, it's difficult to find the unifying thread in her work. But, if one were to examine her entire oeuvre—from novels and short stories to essays and criticism—a love of reading would seem to be the animating force. That may not seem extraordinary, especially for a writer, but Prose is uncommonly passionate about the link between reading and writing. "I've always read," she confessed in a 1998 interview with Atlantic Unbound. "I started when I was four years old and just didn't stop…The only reason I wanted to be a writer was because I was such an avid reader." (In 2006, she produced an entire book on the subject—a nuts-and-bolts primer entitled Reading Like a Writer, in which she uses excerpts from classic and contemporary literature to illustrate her personal notions of literary excellence.)

If Prose is specific about the kind of writing she, herself, likes to read, she's equally voluble about what puts her off. She is particularly vexed by "obvious, tired clichés; lazy, ungrammatical writing; implausible plot turns." Unsurprisingly, all of these are notably absent in her own work. Even when she explores tried-and-true literary conventions—such as the illicit romantic relationship at the heart of her best known novel, Blue Angel—she livens them with wit and irony. She even borrowed her title from the famous Josef von Sternberg film dealing with a similar subject.

As biting and clever as she is, Prose cringes whenever her work is referred to as satire. She explained to Barnes & Noble.com, "Satirical to me means one-dimensional characters…whereas, I think of myself as a novelist who happens to be funny—who's writing characters that are as rounded and artfully developed as the writers of tragic novels."

Prose's assessment of her own work is pretty accurate. Although her subject matter is often ripe for satire (religious fanaticism in Household Saints, tabloid journalism in Bigfoot Dreams, upper-class pretensions in Primitive People), etc.), she takes care to invest her characters with humanity and approaches them with respect. "I really do love my characters," she says, "but I feel that I want to take a very hard look at them. I don't find them guilty of anything I'm not guilty of myself."

Best known for her fiction, Prose has also written literary criticism for The New York Times, art criticism for The Wall Street Journal, and children's books based on Jewish folklore, all of it infused with her alchemic blend of humor, insight,and intelligence.

Good To Know

Prose rarely wastes an idea. In Blue Angel, the novel that the character Angela is writing is actually a discarded novel that Prose started before stopping because, in her own words, "it seemed so juvenile to me."

While she once had no problem slamming a book in one of her literary critiques, these days Prose has resolved to only review books that she actually likes. The ones that don't adhere to her high standards are simply returned to the senders.

Prose's novel Household Saints was adapted into an excellent film starring Tracey Ullman, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Lili Taylor in 1993.

Another novel, The Glorious Ones, was adapted into a musical.

In 2002, Prose published The Lives of the Muses, an intriguing hybrid of biography, philosophy, and gender studies that examines nine women who inspired famous artists and thinkers—from John Lennon's wife Yoko Ono to Alice Liddell, the child who enchanted Lewis Carroll.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 1, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Radcliffe College, 1968

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    An absolutely amazing book that I could not put down! Although f

    An absolutely amazing book that I could not put down! Although fiction, it reads like a real story and it provides historical insights.
    Each chapter is narrated by a different character in this  expansive novel which is sure to create much buzz. 

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Weird, odd, and fascinating!!!

    As I am finishing this book, it is hard to believe it is based on an actual person. Another absolutely great read on the NOOK is the "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. This book is also set during war. It also has an awful villian based on a true villian who betrayed his own people. As both books are historical fiction, you will be drawn into the stories. This book took me longer to care about because I did not read about the noble characters which are in Jarvis's book. Sometimes it was hard to like some of her characters. Also, this story jumps from one character to another, while Jarvis's book flows with excellent writing and a consistant voice. Both books deserve A+++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Fantastic

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of "LOVERS of THE CHAMELEON CLUB PARIS 1932" by Francine Prone.

    It was a pleasant surprise that I might have missed if I had not received an advanced copy. Turns out it was one of the best books I have read and I've read a lot of books. The style reminded me of the book NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl. The author uses several vehicles to tell the story as a whole. For instance one of the vehicles is a fictional book "Make Yourself New" by fictional writer Lionel Maine who is based on the writer Henry Miller and his book "Tropic of Cancer" (in my opinion.) There are several other fictional publications used to make up the body of the book. It may sound complicated but it works very well and moves the book along and keeps you tuning pages. The author brought together some very good characters and in the process brought the novel to a very good ending.

    Over all the book was very interesting with a lot of real people included along with the fictional characters. I would recommend this to my sister and I do not do that lightly. It is very good 4 1/3 stars.

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