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Plum Blossoms in Paris by [Hina, Sarah]
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From Publishers Weekly

In her debut novel, Hina tracks a poetic Parisian romance between an American tourist and a French writer. Daisy, a 23-year-old neuroscience grad, has dropped her lab-rat life in Ohio for an open-ended trip to Paris after getting dumped by her longtime boyfriend. Named by her father after Henry James's novella, Daisy is "trying to outrun a broken heart" in her search for "the iconic bohemian chase" experienced by great 20th-century writers and artists in Montmartre. On her train ride to the city from the airport, she has a chance encounter with Mathieu, a writer and tour guide. They meet again by happenstance at the Musée d'Orsay and fall into a whirlwind affair. The lovers set out on one of Mathieu's city-wide tours, playfully debating current events, art, literature, and their disparate cultures. Hina's unrelenting lyrical composition may turn some readers off, but the tone brings a fantastical quality to the dreamer's idyll of a romantic tryst with an artistic Frenchman in Paris. (Aug.) (c)
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When her longtime boyfriend Andy unexpectedly dumps her, Daisy Lockhart takes a break from her life and heads to Paris to try and put together the broken pieces of her heart. Daisy's romantic recovery in France happens more quickly than she expects, though, once she meets freelance tour guide and writer Mathieu. As the two explore enchanting Paris, they find themselves falling in love, but Mathieu has some emotional baggage from the past that threatens their romance. Rich in fascinating details about the art and culture of Paris, Hina's debut novel is a terrific literary love letter to the City of Light. While the plot—especially the ending—challenges the reader's willing suspension of disbelief, the writing itself is imbued with a stylish sense of wit. Plum Blossoms in Paris is chick lit with a très chic accent. --John Charles

Product Details

  • File Size: 3652 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (June 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASOQ58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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PLUM BLOSSOMS IN PARIS is an exquisitely written debut, told from the perspective of Daisy Lockhart, who treats herself to an open-ended vacation in Paris after her high school sweetheart dumps her. There she meets Mathieu, a writer, "the distractible type, who neglects to eat because there are other, less ridiculous, matters at hand." Mathieu too is looking for balance, having just lost his mother, a woman whose past makes Daisy an ironic choice of lover.

Yet lovers they become, and Daisy is treated to the feast that is Paris. The novel is rich in cultural references, especially literature and art. The city is viewed through eyes both reverent and critical, as Daisy allows her senses to be filled while at the same time checking her emotional responses against the American within her, an identity she holds close. Her relationship with Mathieu is a study in compatibility. The story gradually focuses on whether Daisy will choose to remain in Paris with him: the reader can't help making ever-refined predictions and vacillating on whether she should. The author does a splendid job of leaving the matter undecided until the end.

The strength of this novel is the writing. The prose is stylish, sensitive, and refined, the result of a natural born poet tackling a larger canvas. PLUM BLOSSOMS demands a second reading merely for the beauty of its language. The promise of the author's next novel, and writing career, is high.
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The Good: I agree with the other reviewers on a few points. This novel is so beautifully written. I also loved the way she described Paris and the various artworks viewed throughout the novel. She made me feel like I was there, either walking the streets with Matthieu and Daisy or looking at a beautiful, vivid Matisse.

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The Not So Good: I find their relationship a little unbelievable. After spending just one full day together, they are completely in love. Daisy gives up her life in the US and becomes Matthieu's muse. He's a writer and part-time tour guide when he needs to make money but she does nothing. She just explores Paris until she's given him enough time to write before she goes back home. I can't imagine many people satisfied with their lives revolving around one person and not trying to reach out for friends or a hobby.

I was just completely out of my element reading this. Several parts in this novel are insulting to Republicans (I'm paraphrasing: self-absorbed, filthy rich neanderthals) and Christians. I'm also a typical American who works 9-5 and feels accomplished after working. I cannot relate to loafing and after a while, I couldn't stand Matthieu's hatred for all things American.

I can see how someone who appreciates art and prose will love this novel. Writers, Artists, and Liberals will especially relate. It's a nice book, but it just wasn't for me.
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Plum Blossoms has a depth not common in novels anymore, and that's why it's a refreshing read. Everyone hits a time when foundations are rocked and you lose sight of who you are and what you've been doing with your life. Daisy faces those questions by leaving her comfort zone (and country) and plunging into the streets of Paris. The man she meets there is a worthy adversary to tear those foundations down farther, and she causes his to fall too. Not an easy love story, but you can't look away as they tangle in the raw emotion and begin to find their footing again. I guarantee you'll remember these two characters.
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I always find you can tell when an author writes what they know. It is clear that this author did so when writing of the main character's career in the laboratory. This book had a lot of elements that made it an enjoyable read. I thought the main character, in particular was well planned and fleshed out enough to give the reader someone they could identify with and care about through the progression of the book.

There were times when the descriptiveness was a bit much in my opinion, but the way the author described her surroundings was very efficient in giving me, as the reader, a clear and concise picture of what the character's were witnessing. I thought the plot was pretty good and the opening chapter grabbed my attention. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable way to pass the time.
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Sarah Hina makes music on paper with her tale of Daisy's trip to Paris, of falling in love, of learning about herself. The writing is full of depth and poetry, the story is multi-layered and served like a four-course meal, with delightful attention to detail. It's a story that appeals to the mind and to the heart and if you've ever been a woman in love you will see immediately that Sarah Hina keenly understands the knife's edge of love and the many ways it can cut. I took in every morsel of this book with the meticulous care of one savoring a fine meal, because that's what it is. It's not fast food, it's not cliched, it's not a "summer beach read". It's truth and beauty. It's the music of life.
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Andy, her boyfriend in high school, college and graduate school, unceremoniously dumps Daisy Lockhart. Heartbroken as she never saw it coming and assumed as her only boyfriend she ever had, they would always be together. Daisy, unlike her Henry James' namesake, travels to Paris rather than Rome. There the American meets writer Mathieu, who grieves the recent death of his mother.

Mathieu and Daisy become lovers. He shows her a side of the city that few Americans ever see especially the arts and the legends that make Paris what it is. As they remain together, Daisy knows she delays the inevitable of choosing between being an American in Paris or an American in America.

This is an entertaining contemporary relationship drama in which Paris owns the story line. The city is seen mostly through the admiring, adoring and to a lesser degree disapproving eyes of the American in Paris. The lead couple is a wonderful cross Atlantic pairing, but more so the blossoming Daisy; as readers will wonder whether Daisy will follow the dreams of her heart or the American dreams she left back home.

Harriet Klausner
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