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A bestseller in Turnbull's native Australia, this cute firsthand look at the hardships of settling into a city infamously chilly to outsiders gives a glimpse of the true nature of Parisians and daily life in their gorgeous city. Though Turnbull tells readers less about love than new life, it was in falling for a Frenchman that the journalist found herself moving to Paris, for a few months that stretched into years. The cultural relationship is challenging enough, leaving aside the more intimate personal story (though readers do learn enough about Turnbull's now husband to understand her decision to stay), and she writes of finding work, making friends, surviving dinner parties and adapting to the rhythms and pace of life with a Parisian boyfriend with humor and a developing sense of wisdom. Of the struggle to adapt to her new home in the mid-1990s, the author writes, "I've discovered a million details that matter to me-details that define me as non-French" no matter how much she tries to assimilate, while over time she grows to appreciate some perplexing aspects of French culture, as "[e]veryday incidences elevate into moments of clarity simply because they would never, ever happen in your old home," from developing her confrontational side enough to defend herself (in French) from rude remarks to receiving advice from "a terribly chic blonde who advises me to use eye-makeup remover on Maddie's [Turnbull's dog's] leaky eyes." This is an engaging, endearing view of the people and places of France.
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Adult/High School-This account of a 20-plus Australian woman's adventures as she tried to adjust to Parisian ways is both insightful and funny. Having taken a year off from her job with a TV network, Turnbull moved to Paris to be with her new lover, Frederic. She found that the French weren't interested in making new friends; were unwilling to discuss their jobs, hobbies, or much of anything except the food they were eating, planning to eat, or had eaten; and they wished to socialize in mixed groups-no girls' night out for them. But Frederic, with patience and aplomb, helped her overcome these obstacles, depicted in a series of vignettes that sketch many of the fascinations and foibles of becoming "almost French." She detested visiting Frederic's family in northern France, with its rainy, cold beaches, but finally warmed to his home, and was accepted by them. The couple's marriage was almost an anticlimax after a hilarious birthday celebration for 80 at the old home. This clash of cultures is, ultimately, a love story.
Molly Connally, Chantilly Regional Library, VA
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Such a lovely story of someone following their heart to move to a foreign country, but it is in no way sappy or filled with cliches.. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Nina McDonald
Read this before my most recent trip to Paris. It is written by an Australian journalist who married a Parisian man. Read morePublished 15 days ago by B. Smith
Extremely well written. I could not put it down. Well done Sarah Turnbull - you are a gifted, intelligent writer. A pleasure to read,Published 21 days ago by E. Tasseron
Excellent book and great character developments and great showing of plot and good development please . Good book and did not want to end.Published 1 month ago by Lynne Scholfield
Just finished this book and have to say that, living as in ex-pat in France since 2009 I liked this book very much! Read morePublished 2 months ago by centpourcent
As a voracious reader, ardent traveler, and lover of Paris (really, fascinated in general by the French culture) I was predisposed to say "J'adore!" to this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DLC
A thoughtful book by a good writer with a sense of humor. I've imagined living in Paris and it's always wonderful but there were moments in this book that I realized living in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emilie
Even though I thought I know pretty much everything about our French / Parisienne friends, I still find this very interesting and hilarious. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bushliewoo