13, rue Thérèse: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Feb 2, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
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American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of artifacts from World War I as he settles into his new office in Paris. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a feisty, charming Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars.
As Trevor examines and documents the relics the box offers up, he begins to imagine the story of Louise Brunet's life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who works for her father, and her attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13 rue Thérèse. The more time he spends with the objects though, the truer his imaginings of Louise's life become, and the more he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: Josianne, his clerk, who planted the box in his office in the first place, and with whom he finds he is falling in love.

This Bonus Edition eBook contains additional images of the original contents from the box of artifacts that will delight readers.


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User Review  - laytonwoman3rd - LibraryThing

A young American translator settles in to his new office in a University in Paris. He finds a box of mementos, letters and personal items of WWI vintage apparently left behind by a predecessor, and ... Read full review

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This is going to be a review in which I damn a book with faint praise. For starters, the synopsis makes this seem like a much more simplistic story than it is. Then again, perhaps I read the book ... Read full review


On the Record
A photograph dated
Un souvenir de ma villégiature
Petit calendrier memento pour 1928
Madame Henri Brunet
Lhomme illisible
Tu es très gentille mais pas ce soir
Un jardin public
La Floride fleurie
11 Novembre
Possession bis
De garde dans les tranchées
Espèces errantes
Dieu rit
Jouir comme ça

Un Souvenir
Il faut de la peau
Sentir et ressentir
Une femme dévergondée comme ça
Au nom du père et du fils
Ma chère Muse bienaimée
Un dispositif simple
Une photo de toi aussi
Lamour est enfant de bohème
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Off the Record
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Elena Mauli Shapiro was born and raised in Paris, France, in an apartment below the real-life Louise Brunet's. She has a BA from Stanford University in English and French, an MFA in Fiction Writing from Mills College, and an MA in Comparative Literature from UC Davis. This novel was a finalist for the 2009 Bakeless literary prize.

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