Paris Adieu Paperback – July 24, 2012
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"With vivid detail and humor, Gaston takes readers straight into the heart of Paris. Written with a deep sensuality that will keep readers attentive to Ava's every adventure." - Kim Nagy, Wild River Review
"This is a story that's certain to touch a chord with readers who may remember their own first efforts to find love." -Susan Breen, author of The Fiction Class
"Fantastic girl book." -- Traveler55
"One of those rare books that has not just captured my attention, but captured my heart. For those of us never likely to see Europe, details are given that are so realistic that if you close your eyes and use your imagination you could see yourself there. With Christmas coming up, I can't think of a better gift to give to a teenager or to an older reader; this coming of age tale appeals to every age group." --Jerry Henry, Nov. 30, 2015
From the Author
The book has two themes: 1) how to be comfortable in your own skin and 2) how to fake it till you make it.
Paris Adieu's heroine, Ava Fodor, is clueless about both at the start of the story. But over ten years and three separate stays in Paris, she figures out a thing or two - thanks to the insights living in Paris has given her. Ava studies French women, French food, French attitude - while French men study her. By the final chapters of Paris Adieu, she's more or less transformed herself into the woman she wants to be. And if she hasn't entirely, at least she's learned how to fake it till she makes it.
Ultimately, Ava grasps that her newfound sense of self will work for her back in the U.S. in a way it never will if she stays in Paris. She'll never become French. But she has become fabulous. More or less.
The characters include Ava Fodor, a slightly plump, frizzy-haired nineteen-year-old American au pair in Paris who struggles with being less than perfect. Jean-Michel is Ava's fussy, exacting first French boyfriend whose provincialism drives her up the wall yet who educates her on all matters Parisian. Four years later, Pascal, Ava's second French boyfriend, gives her something she'll thank him for eternally - an introduction to her own womanhood. Arnaud, Ava's third French boyfriend, dazzles Ava's head as well as her heart, until she finally tires of matching wits with him in a never ending zero-sum game. Recalling Pascal's advice to her to always seek authenticity, she realizes she can't be herself with Arnaud, nor in her career as a singer pianist. When Arnaud's friend Pierre shows interest in her original songs in a way Arnaud never has, Ava gains insight into who she really is and where she belongs. Pierre's entrance into her life catalyzes her to move in a new direction - back to New York armed with the lessons Paris has taught her.
- ISBN-13 : 978-0984790616
- Paperback : 290 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0984790616
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.66 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Rozsa Gaston (July 24, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,244,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paris Adieu shows the reader a romantic, winsome, yearning, innocent girl who becomes strong, confident and authentic. This was a fairly light and somewhat predictable read, but that's what I liked about it. It wasn't too mushy or too angsty. I enjoyed seeing Ava's maturation develop as the story progressed.
My favorite passage was: "The phrase 'fake it till you make it' suddenly sky-wrote itself across my brain. I saw its meaning in a whole new light. It wasn't about being honest or genuine or not. It was about knowing where you were going, then pretending you were already there while you were on your way."
This is fun, sexy chick -lit. I loved the Paris setting, many French phrases, and allusions to Connecticut/USA.
I really enjoyed this book. If you are more interested in a good story than in erotic scenes, this book is for you.
She appears at the beginning of the book as a typical undecided American student who wants to escape a world she does not fit in, a strict grandmother who raised her without mentioning an eccentric mother. She finds an opportunity to change her life and move to Paris as an au pair. That will be her first experience in the city as she will go back on two more occasions after reconciling herself with studies and college back home. Through a few romances with French men of different social backgrounds she emerges herself into the French society and particularly into the Parisian life. An experience that will transform her into the mature woman she becomes by the end of the novel with a clear picture of who she wants to be and where she wants to be. Paris Adieu appears as a woman’s journey of initiation, “un voyage initiatique”.
Rosza has a true knowledge of the French society. With numerous details she describes in a quite realistic and sometimes humoristic way the French temperament and “facon de vivre” (way of life).
She also describes with much talent Ava’s sexual awakening with well written erotic lines.
On a personal note, Paris Adieu is a sweet flash back to 1978 when as a Parisian French student I met an American student to whom I had to say Adieu.
A perfect book club selection that is sure to spark a few spicy and thought provoking conversations.
You won't be sorry you read Paris Adieu and will most definitely walk away from it a more comfortable, confident and fabulous person. BRAVA!
Top reviews from other countries
Ich hatte mir von diesem Buch eigentlich nicht viel erwartet, war es doch - wie so viele bei Amazon - irgendwann einmal gratis zu haben. Doch relativ schnell hatte es mich in seinen Bann gezogen. Ich mochte Ava, ihre Offenheit und ihre Art, wie sie auf Männer zugeht, auch wenn es nicht meine eigene ist. Ich mag normalerweise auch explizit erotisch/sexuelle Beschreibungen nicht, doch hier hat es gepasst und man hatte nie das Gefühl, dass es aufgesetzt wirkt. Der Weg Avas zu sich selbst, ihre verschiedenen Beziehungen, die ihr im Grunde wieder viel über sich selbst verraten haben, haben mir imponiert. Daneben kommt in dem Buch viel von Paris und seiner Lebensart vor, man versteht vieles besser, wünscht sich, selbst dort leben zu können - auch wenn vielleicht manchmal auch Einsamkeit dabei ist.......
Ein feines Buch, eines, das man vielleicht gerne nach ein paar Jahren ein zweites Mal liest - ich bin froh, es entdeckt zu haben! Das Englisch ist nicht schwer, die französischen Sätze werden immer fein übersetzt - eine klare Leseempfehlung für Freunde von Paris, Menschen, die an Beziehungen interessiert sind, ein bissi Chick-Lit ist es auch - aber ohne Oberflächlichkeit!