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Passing Love Paperback – January 25, 2012
"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Reviewed by Sheryl Booth-Loftin
Turning Pages Bookclub
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I will start with the cover this time. "I LOVED IT"! Why you ask, well I had been reading a lot of kindle books at the time I got this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kim Justice
This was just an o.k. book, nothing special. With so many other books to read, I would pass on this one.Published 4 months ago by Judy Swanson
The story bounces between the early 40's to present day, which was a bit distracting. The use of French was equally distracting. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Felecia
I read this book with my book club. Some liked it and some did not like parts of it. I liked the FRench lessons at the beginning of chapters. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by kathy
Didn't finish reading it. Confusing, boring. I want my books to interest me from the very beginning. Didn't waste my time trying to get interested. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Madonna
Book arrived in good condition; an easy read of love and adventures of two black women in Paris.
Really enjoyed the book.
This is a superb novel about life in the paradise called Paris, France. However, it's not just about Jazz, poetry readings, walks in the park or eating fine meals. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I am not a very good poetry fan, not even Langston Hughes, so unfortunately, I did not recognize the poem. Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Passing Love is a gorgeous novel. Ms Luckett is a fierce talent and I was more than impressed by her rich prose and vivid descriptions. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Renee Swindle