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Capturing Paris: A Novel Paperback – May 2, 2006
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After twenty five years of marriage, Annie and Wesley are living the type of elegant, sophisticated life in Paris that many Americans dream about. Their apartment in the Marais district is filled with wonderful food, accomplished friends, and good wine. All of this changes when Wesley loses his job and an attractive, magnetic woman enters their lives. Suddenly the sights, smells and sounds of Paris are cast in a different light, and may never be the same.
"In Capturing Paris, we meet Annie Reed, poet and wife, navigating through a year of upheaval. Through it all, her adopted city of Paris glows, with its abundance of charm, quirks, and moods, all beautifully captured in Katharine Davis's sensitive observations."
--Leslie Pietrzyk, author of Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day,
"In this graceful and atmospheric first novel, Katharine Davis explores a question that fascinates us all: what if I had chosen differently, when I still had my choices to make? Through Annie's reinvention of herself in a time of flux, we see anew the consequences of deciding to be who we are, and the consequences of questioning all that we have been".
--Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel
Born in Summit, New Jersey, KATHARINE DAVIS grew up in Europe. For the last thirty years, she has lived in Washington, DC where she has worked at the National Gallery of Art, taught French, written a cooking column for The York Weekly, and raised two children. This is her first novel.
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Top Customer Reviews
This one did not disappoint! For once, a realistic main character. Not one with the stiletto heels, high power job, looking for Mr. Right while romping in every bed available.
Davis's prose was smooth and enjoyable. Her characters and plot were believable and she wrapped up the ending in a timely fashion that left the reader satisfied.
I look forward to more novels from this author.
One can imagine a spicier ending, of the heroine making a more daring choice. But then this would become a novel about middle-age breakup. But I think this is a beautiful novel about a couple finding themselves again, the coming together as the foundations of the relationship reassert themselves. Possibly this dimension could have been made more poignant, more dramatic--but it does have a high degree of verisimilitude. If you like Paris, you will like this novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best word to describe this book is drivel. The characters are shallow and the plot predictable. We have lived in Paris and I love reading all types of books set there from... Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by DRSP
Every now and then I need to read a good book about Paris. This is a good Paris "fix", in my opinion. I read it and passed it on to others who also love Paris. Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by pamela gregg
I found this book depressing and shallow. I also found it did not convey a good sense of Paris. I kept asking why she was willing to abandon everything to stay in a city that was... Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Ashton
This is a light but thought-provoking novel which focuses on many women's issues! Davis brings Paris to life with many French expressions interspersed throughout. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Patricia L. Marsh
What a marvelous read! Great protagonist. And the splendid way Ms. Davis captures (no pun intended) the myriad "flavors" of Paris is quite remarkable. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by Gilbert Benevides
I really enjoyed reading this book en route to France. I don't want to give anything away, but as one reviewer commented, 'it is predictable. Read morePublished on August 7, 2010 by LARA1407
I bought this book as something to read while in Paris. I couldn't finish it. The characters are predictable and unimaginative - Harvard educated lawyer on assignment in Paris,... Read morePublished on November 7, 2009 by Crusty
For a first-time novel, this effort is to be commended. Regardless of the fact that the plot is predictable, it is handled with grace and sensitivity. Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by B. Bell
It's just as easy to fall out of love in Paris as it is to fall in love! Or... maybe it's just that this middle of life couple merely needs a change of directions. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by K. Rock