This review contains quotes from the book.
*Special thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons for allowing us to read editor Eleanor Brown’s A Paris All Your Own.
This novel is different than most others I’ve read because there are 18 different writers who have experienced Paris in a unique way. Eleanor Brown both edited and contributed a chapter to the collection that is A Paris All Your Own but each author has her own chapter that explains what they loved and did in the City of Light.
Each author’s main question that they try to answer in their story is about why they love writing and reading stories about Paris. Each of these author’s have written books that are somewhat affiliated with Paris, but these stories are about their personal involvement with the city. Brown’s goal for this novel was to go to separate women writers to get their take on Paris because each person has a different involvement with the city.
“I went to seventeen other women writers from the United States, England, and Ireland, and asked them about their personal experiences visiting and living in Paris. I wanted to know the stories behind the stories–I wanted to know what they really, honestly thought about the City of Light. Et voilà. Their clever and funny and dreamy and sad and thoughtful answers are collected here.”
– excerpt form editor Eleanor Brown’s A Paris All Your Own
Each author touches on a certain topic that Paris brings out of people. Clayton and Rose both write about romantic secrets in Paris for many, many years. Vreeland and Sullivan both discuss the real side of Parisians. The other writers tap into their personal stories they had there with such tender, touching, and real moments. Each story is so personal but so delightful to read.
I recommend this to anyone who loves Paris as much as these women do. Paris has had a separate impact on these women authors and I am glad they shared their stories with the world. Brown did a wonderful job with finding these writers and having them explain why Paris is one of their favorite places to live or visit. Please go pick this one if you love to travel because after reading this, you will not want to miss out on the City of Light.