“A vicarious jolt of Parisian romance. . . Delightful.” –People Magazine
"An old-fashioned, feel-good love story. . . It’s as if Moyes has booked a vacation and is taking us along. To Paris. Amour!” –USA Today
“Dreamy escapism, a book you can curl up with and easily finish over a weekend, with or without a glass of wine.” –Miami Herald
Nell is twenty-six and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away—to anywhere—before. Traveling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up for their mini-vacation, she has the opportunity to prove everyone—including herself—wrong. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed: independent and intrepid. Could this turn out to be the most adventurous weekend of her life? Funny, charming, and irresistible, Paris for One is quintessential Jojo Moyes—as are the other stories that round out the collection.
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Reading Group Guide
1. Which is your favorite story in the collection and why?
2. Do you recognize yourself in Nell or any of the other characters in Paris for One and Other Stories?
3. Fabian first feels a connection to Nell when they are both moved by the same painting at the Frida Kahlo exhibit. Have you ever responded to a work of art in such a visceral way?
4. Nell’s girlfriends play a key role in her Paris weekend, in both good ways and bad. How does her relationship with Magda and the others shift after she returns?
5. On pp. 86–87, Fabien takes Nell to the Pont des Arts to see the love locks. Were you familiar with this Parisian tradition of attaching locks to the bridge? Why do people do it? Would you?
6. In the final line of “Paris for One,” Nell says she “always did like a story with a happy ending” (p. 151). What do you imagine happens to Nell after the story ends?
7. In “Thirteen Days with John C,” Miranda finds a stranger’s cellphone and is seduced by the texts of a man she doesn’t know. Although she is pretending to be someone else and in fact never meets John C, do you believe that what she did qualifies as cheating? Would her husband agree?
8. Why is Sara so unenthusiastic about being whisked away for the night in “Love in the Afternoon”? Why didn’t Doug tell her he received the trip as a company bonus? In what way does the discovery change Sara’s attitude?
9. The stories “Paris for One” and “Love in the Afternoon” both revolve around a romantic weekend trip. What is the most romantic vacation you’ve ever had?
10. On p. 40, Moyes includes a quotation from Samuel Beckett: “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” What does this mean? Have you had any moments in your life when this was applicable to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have never been a huge fan of short stories, but considering my love of Moyes' work, I couldn't pass it up. Paris for One was instantly captured my attention and I was not disappointed. The other short stories will make you think and reflect on your own life. They are great to read when you want to read but are short on time.
Delightful short escapes. Characters quickly and wonderfully developed. Unexpected plot twists within well described environments. A book made to accompany travel.
Loved Paris for one and the other short stores did not disappoint.
I enjoyed the first story but I disn't love it.
I read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and really loved that novel but I haven’t yet read the sequel. When I saw this novel by Jojo at the library, I had to grab it. Reading that it contained small romantic stories, I knew that it would be perfect for my last novel for the year. It had a good variety of stories, I enjoyed the variety in length and content and I loved most of them. There were only a few of them that I was not totally thrilled with as I thought they were not as developed as the others or I just didn’t feel as connected to the characters as I felt I should have been otherwise, the rest of novel was fabulous. It is definitely worth checking out, there were some unexpected moments in some of the stories. I really enjoyed the first story which was the longest. A romantic trip to Paris for cautious Nell with her boyfriend doesn’t go as intended. As Nell starts to let go of her fears, she begins to realize that it’s okay to take some chances in life. It’s Paris and Nell meets Fabian, need I say more? Then there is a story about Frank who claims someone is trying to frame him for an affair. This story was fabulous and I thought I had it all figured out and I was wrong. Thanks Jojo for that one. I also enjoyed the cell phone story and the story about the individuals who meet up years later in life. What a great book to end 2016 with.
Paris for One is a lovely book written by JoJo Moyes, one of the best fiction writers of our time. The stories and characters are delightful and diverse. The well-developed characters work their way into your heart, and you want to hear more from them. This collection includes the story of a crime victim, as well as several stories of women discovering their true selves . Her writing is so refreshing - focusing on relationships and priorities, with no political agenda. These stories are just as good as her full-length novels, and I highly recommend Paris for One.
Paris for One and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written by Jojo Moyes. In my opinion, most all of the stories are entertaining and engaging, although some were more enjoyable than others for me personally. Fans of women's fiction will surely be able to connect with a few if not most of the pieces. It's a great collection. Check it out! Titles: • Paris for One • Between the Tweets • Love in the Afternoon • A Bird in the Hand • Crocodile Shoes • Holdups • Last Year’s Coat • Thirteen Days with John C • The Christmas List
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