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"Beautifully written and filled with vibrant scenes of Paris in its Jazz age and today, Passing Love is a treat."―People Magazine

"It's midnight in Paris, now and in the mid-20th century, in Luckett's second novel. In this dreamy and lyrical paean to all things French. . . Luckett weaves a fascinating portrait of women of color who defy family and tradition to follow love and chase success. . . . In the end, it's the soulful, headstrong, romantic Ruby whose passion resonates in this story of discovery and acceptance."―Publishers Weekly

"Luckett's loving descriptions of Paris evoke the sights, smells and sounds of the City of Light. Nicole's story is one with which any woman, regardless of age or skin color, can relate, but Ruby's tale and the author's meticulous research into the Paris of the period following WWII is the real star of this novel. . . . Well written and engaging, a celebration of life after 50."―Kirkus Reviews

"C'est magnifique! A delicious read, brimming with hope, love, and light."―Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

"Luckett has written our Paris dreams come true--between two lives and two generations, this story delivers the romance and the heartbreak of all that the City of Lights has to offer. You will escape with this novel and question or embrace your own unlived lives."―Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

"A fierce, beautiful novel . . . a heroine for the ages . . . Luckett is a writer to watch and admire."―ZZ Packer, O Magazine, 2007

"Lush, evocative and seductive. Only read Passing Love if you're willing to give yourself over completely to the excitement of the jazz scene of post-WWII Paris, and a woman's determination to find her place in the present-day City of Light."―Lalita Tademy, author of Cane River and Red River

About the Author

Jacqueline E. Luckett is the author of Searching for Tina Turner. A San Francisco Bay Area native, she lives in Oakland, California. For more information, and to read her blog, you can visit www.JacquelineLuckett.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446542997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446542999
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, a story that speaks to me, an African-American woman of a certain age. There are lots of other stories for the young, twenty-something set about Paris. This is a story for the mature adult who can understand how things happen in families, how secrets are kept and revealed, and this time in the most unlikely place, Paris, France. How many of us have dreamed of going to Paris, of romanticizing it, of wondering about it and all the people who look like us that live there? I wasn't sure what to expect, but what a pleasant surprise! I got this book from the library, but plan to buy my own copy for the author to sign when she comes to town.

I don't want to give away any of the plot. Instead I recommend that you follow along with the story of how a girl from Mississippi comes to live in Paris, speaking french and living french and how decades later, a woman comes to Paris looking for answers to her life. There is music, history, love, betrayal, joy, intrigue. I found the book well written. It did not pander. I think of it as a grownup's story, not your typical Paris adventure fluff. I followed the story every step of the way. Enjoyed the french lessons, the memories of the secrets found in a cedar chest, family drama and oh the love stories will make you sit down and think about them long after you have finished the book. Even now after the last chapter, I am wondering if the truth really was revealed...... You will have to decide for yourself.
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Since she was nine years old and found the bluebook, fifty-six years old Nicole-Marie Handy loves all things French though she has never visited France. Her dying best friend Tamara makes Nicole agree to a death bed pledge of going to Paris. While her married lover Clint asks her to wait; as he swears he will leave his wife Eleanor to marry her and then take her to Paris on their honeymoon.

Nicole ignores Clint and travels to Paris. There she locates a photo of her dad lovingly inscribed by him to RubyMae, a woman she never heard of. She begins to investigate what happened in Paris to her dad after WWII had ended.

Rotating perspective between Nicole's modern day saga and RubyMae's 1940s-1950s drama, Passing Love is an interesting tale of two women coping with betrayal and failed love yet finding solace in Paris. Character driven by the lead female protagonists, readers will enjoy their similar stories linked by her father though six decades apart.

Harriet Klausner
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Ever since she was a litle girl Nicole has loved all things French. Now middle-aged and divorced, with a married lover who proposes marriage, she flees to Paris, mourning the lost of her best friend. While there, almost by accident, in a Paris shop she finds an old photo of her G.I. dad, lovingly inscribed to a woman Nicole has never heard of. This starts her on a quest to the 1950's Jazz Age in Paris, when black ex-pats flocked to the City of Light to find an acceptance lacking in America at the time. And thus through determination, and a bit of luck, Nicole discovers the elusive Ruby, with her tragic love and her secret connection to Nicole. Although this is a story of two women of color, it has a broader appeal to anyone interested in a good story of love, betrayal, and mystery. And the author's descriptions of Paris, with all of its unforgettable sights and sounds, is well worth the trip.
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Passing Love was a wonderfully written book, and the characters were well developed. Initially I had a little time getting through the French lessons, but as the story line developed. The true story unfolds in Paris during the post WWII era and US black migration during the Jim Crow era. I loved each of the characters and their quest to dream, love, and be loved back.

Reviewed by Sheryl Booth-Loftin
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I think of reading a book as "living" an experience. So, I'd like to share my experience with you. First of all, "Passing Love" is not the kind of book I'd normally choose. I tend to read nonfiction, or memoir, these days. But a young guy in a bookstore said, he'd stayed up all night to finish reading this book. He said, "At the end I cried." He was visibly moved when he talked about this book. Still, I wasn't ready to turn myself over to the author. For me, reading a work of fiction is an intimate encounter. I expect my emotions will be stirred up. I want to be pushed to think about life in new ways. I'm turning myself over to the characters in the story. I want to be lifted out of my ordinary world. I want to take a journey, and I have to set aside real-world time to do that. Well, I'm glad I read "Passing Love."

On page one, I'm taking my first French lesson. I'm meeting Nicole, an older woman with a lot of regrets. When Nicole's chapter ends, Ruby's chapter begins. I'm immediately transported to the jazz hot American south in the 1940's. I'm traveling the back roads of Mississippi with a young black girl, so fast, so hot, every thing she touched should have melted. Ruby is a drop dead beauty. She's lusting for a life that a lot of girls in America would have been ashamed to admit they wanted. No husbands. No babies. Ruby wants sense pleasures. She wants Paris in spring. She wants a saxophone player, so gorgeous, women are willing to wait their turn and share him. I couldn't put "Passing Love" down until I'd finished reading every last page. (I have to admit, I fell in love with Arnett. He's the saxophone player. Okay?)

It's all about secrets, lies and betrayals, and it's a roller coaster ride ladies and gentleman.
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