Gigi, a fun-loving Jewish girl about to marry a Louisiana Cajun soldier at the end of World War II, reminisces about the war years and her family’s struggle to survive them. Gigi’s impeccable world of loving family, friends, and her plans to attend art school is shattered as the German Army approaches Paris. Along with millions of other refugees, the family takes the decision to flee the advancing Nazis. Marked as rich Parisian Jews, her family is subject to people’s scorn while the French Republic crumbles around them. During the next four years, they will endure isolation, starvation, deportations of family and friends, and the horrors of the Gestapo. Despite living through the grim realities of war, Gigi emerges from girlhood adolescence to become a beautiful young woman with a monumental sense of humor and lightness of being.
Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, Mademoiselle Gigi is an emotional rollercoaster that takes the reader on a page-turning journey from pure joy and laughter to despair and tears. Gigi’s indomitable spirit will inspire and capture your heart. Dennis Ward’s debut novel is based on the true-life events of Gisèle “Gigi” Carriton. This book is a new edition that includes an additional chapter, and the sequel, Madame Gigi, is now available in the Gigi Series.
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About the Author
I wish I would have jumped on the literary merry-go-round years ago; however, I think I needed many years to accumulate the wisdom, humor, and insight to be able to find my writer's voice. My authorial journey continues into the coming year with some exciting events. Currently, I am publishing my debut novel, Mademoiselle Gigi, and writing the sequel, Chez Gigi. If that wasn't enough, I am attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, seeking a degree in Creative Writing and editing for The Southwestern Review.
Since 2006, I have written numerous short stories, personal essays, and two full length plays, which have been produced at the Cité des Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana. My play Chez Gisèle won as a finalist in the 2011 New Orleans Saints and Sinners Theater Festival full and will open the inaugural Acadiana Pride Festival for a three week run in March-April 2014. My personal essay Higgins Lake and Planet Claire have been recently published by Grey Wolfe Publishing in an anthology collection titled Summer Legends. Also, Desperate Living, an excerpt from Mademoiselle Gigi will be published by Grey Wolfe in Autumn Legends.
To best relate my feelings about writing, I quote Somerset Maugham, "If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Paris, France. The magical city of lights: romantic, poetic and sophisticated. The perfect setting for 'Mademoiselle Gigi.' Having come back from spending time in Paris, I immediately started on this book and felt I had never left. Mr. Ward's fantastic attention to details transported me directly to Paris, 1940 to be precise, and his wonderful characters came to life as if they were long lost friends. Gigi, her friends and family are intriguing and full of complexity. The main character has inherited her grandfather's wit and zest for life and the exchanges between Gigi and her 'Pepere' are some of the best and tender moments. I was hooked from Gigi's first scenes with her mother and maids of honor on her wedding day and was immediately enthralled as the story flashbacked to right before the invasion of France. 'Mademoiselle Gigi' takes the reader through a journey of love, angst, excitement and intriguing suspense in a sweeping, well written book that is full of great dialogue, exquisite descriptions and some of the best written characters I've had the pleasure of meeting. A good book draws you in, a great book entices your imagination but a wonderful book, like 'Mademoiselle Gigi,' opens up the possibility to much more. Dennis Ward's talents are showcased as he masterfully spins a novel that creates those special characters that come to life. You want to actually meet Gigi and her family! You can't wait to know what happens next! Mr. Ward delivers with Mademoiselle Gigi and ends with the promise of a sequel that will undoubtedly, be just as delicious as this book. I highly recommend 'Mademoiselle Gigi' and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!