Paris Noire

Paris Noire

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by Francine Thomas Howard, Madisun Leigh
     
 

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Paris, 1944: The city steams in the summer heat, bristling with anticipation of its impending liberation. It marks the beginning of the end of a devastating war...and the beginning of a year like no other for Marie-Thérèse Brillard and her children, Colette and Christophe. They first came to Paris from Martinique in 1928, among the immigrants of… See more details below

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Paris, 1944: The city steams in the summer heat, bristling with anticipation of its impending liberation. It marks the beginning of the end of a devastating war...and the beginning of a year like no other for Marie-Thérèse Brillard and her children, Colette and Christophe. They first came to Paris from Martinique in 1928, among the immigrants of color who flocked to France in the 1920s and '30s. They settled in Montmartre, a vibrant neighborhood teeming with musicians, writers, and artists, and began the arduous task of building a new life in a new land. The rigors of World War II only added to the adversity beneath which Marie-Thérèse struggled. Its culmination should offer her relief, and yet...

When Colette and Christophe are swept up in the jubilation following the Nazis’ departure, each embarks upon a passionate love affair that Marie-Thérèse fears will cost them their dreams — or their lives. Twenty-year-old Colette begins a dalliance with a white Frenchman, a romance discouraged for the quadroon child of an immigrant. Her older brother Christophe becomes the lover of the beautiful wife of a French freedom fighter, a relationship Marie-Thérèse suspects can only end in heartache and bloodshed. Adding yet another complication is the man she calls Monsieur Lieutenant, the handsome black soldier whose mere presence intrigues Marie-Thérèse as no man has before.

Set against the turbulent backdrop of wartime France, Paris Noire is a dramatic and engrossing novel that brings to vivid life the remarkable people once relegated to the fringes of history.

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Paris in summer 1944 is swept up in the excitement of impending liberation from German occupation by French and American troops. But what will liberation bring to Martinique immigrants Marie-Thérèse Brillard and her children, Christophe and Collette (both of whom are in their early twenties)? For Marie-Thérèse, there is a potential suitor in the form of a dashing African American soldier, but can she compete with the glamorous chanteuse, Madame Glovia, an American noire who also fancies the soldier? Collette hopes to marry her chéri amour, but will her maman stand in her way? In Marie-Thérèse's mind, a white Frenchman could never love a noire. For Christophe, the chance meeting of a beautiful Frenchwoman, Genvieve, leads to romance, but what little secret is Genvieve keeping? VERDICT Howard (Page from a Tennessee Journal) weaves a wonderful tale that is sure to appeal to most readers, especially romance and historical fiction lovers.—Bianna E. Ine, NDIC Lib., Washington, DC

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ISBN-13:
9781469232577
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
08/20/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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