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Blame It on Paris Paperback – October 3, 2006
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Florand's debut novel is the semiautobiographical story of the intercontinental courtship of Laura H— and Sébastien Florand. Laura, in Paris for a year on a Fulbright in 2001, isn't looking for love, but after her friends dare her, she invites to a party the hot bistro waiter she's been salivating over. They, of course, hit it off; Sébastien proves to be suave, romantic and smart, and a talented artist to boot. When Laura's scholarship ends, she returns to America, but unable to bear their separation, she quits her Ph.D. program and returns to Paris to live with Sébastien in an apartment "smaller than most American cars." Clashing cultures—she's from rural Georgia—supply much of the humor; after Laura and Sébastien decide to marry, his extended family flies to Georgia to see the couple wed at her family home, and though the French contingent's reactions to American culture—no wine on Sundays?— are funny, preparations for the epic French village wedding are much more interesting. The lovers' quarrels, however, are tedious, and Florand's lengthy descriptions of the vast spools of red tape the couple encounter while trying to secure work permits and visas seem extraneous in this frothy French confection of a novel. (Oct.)
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Southern belle Laura is perfectly happy to spend her time as a graduate student in Paris gorging on chocolate, complaining about rude locals, and eschewing any sort of romance. Enter Sebastien, a cute waiter-aspiring graphic artist. What starts as a crush turns into a full-fledged relationship, and soon Laura is contemplating staying in Paris, and maybe even marrying. What follows is a sometimes hilarious and sometimes ridiculous adventure involving four weddings, two in rural Georgia and two in France. Florand's romance relies heavily on cultural stereotypes and misunderstandings to set up humorous situations. Ultimately, it's how well Laura and Sebastien's families take to each other, and to helping the newlyweds, that generates the sweet surprise. This is a fun, frothy tale for anyone who has ever conjured up a dashing foreigner to sweep her off her feet. Readers will be happy to live vicariously in Laura's French fairy tale. Aleksandra Kostovski
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This novel is a story of college students wanting to go to Paris, France, to study abroad. Who wouldn't want a chance to live in the most romantic country or city of all time? Their experiences of finding out what life is all about on their own & what life has in store for their future. Learning to live in Paris, France, while learning the language & customs while trying to attend the famous school, the art university The Soubourne.
Each on their own for the first time a long way from family, friends & what each one is accustomed to. The life lessons one is taught at home is different in a foreign world where cultures can collide & one must be flexible to embrace all that is new.
When the students arrive they are place in different surrounding areas & must learn the French ways. As they go through their year of studies, they learn that things aren't always what they seem to be & how to make the most of life.
This was a most pleasant novel to read, to see how each one dealt with & went through their ordeal & what their outcome was.
This author told of a younger time in the lives of all of us whom wanted to go abroad to study & live THE life.
Yes, thank you for a enjoyable read.
I know it's her memoir and she could've rewritten herself as a true heroine. Yet she didn't. Love how she has accepted who she is & happy with herself. An example: she cries to get her way!!! Not in a manipulative way, but more like "I've tried every which way I could've, but I couldn't get it done :( Please help me :( "
Not all girls have learned that real tears ~ heartfelt tears ~ can be an unbeatable weapon!