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It's Not Love, It's Just Paris

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Patricia Engel’s collection of stories, Vida, quickly established her as one of our country’s best young writers, winning praise from Junot Díaz, Uzodinma Iweala, Francisco Goldman, and others. Her first novel is a vibrant and wistful narrative about an American girl abroad in Paris, who navigates the intoxicating and treacherous complexities of independence, friendship, and romance.

Lita del Cielo, the daughter of two Colombian orphans who arrived in America with nothing and made a fortune with their Latin food empire, has been granted one year to pursue her studies in Paris before returning to work in the family business. She moves into a gently crumbling Left Bank mansion known as “The House of Stars,” where a spirited but bedridden Countess Séraphine rents out rooms to young women visiting Paris to work, study, and, unofficially, to find love.

Cautious and guarded, Lita keeps a cool distance from the other girls, who seem at once boldly adult and impulsively naïve, who both intimidate and fascinate her. Then Lita meets Cato, and the contours of her world shift. Charming, enigmatic, and weak with illness, Cato is the son of a notorious right-wing politician. As Cato and Lita retreat to their own world, they soon find it difficult to keep the outside world from closing in on theirs. Ultimately Lita must decide whether to stay in France with Cato or return home to fulfill her immigrant family’s dreams for her future.

It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris is a spellbinding love story, a portrait of a Paris caught between old world grandeur and the international greenblood elite, and an exploration of one woman’s journey to distinguish honesty from artifice and lay claim to her own life.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 01, 2013 – Like all the girls who live at the decaying mansion nicknamed the House of Stars, 20-year-old Lita Del Cielo has come to Paris for adventure. But she s also different from her fellow greenbloods, less interested in shopping and sleeping around than in living a fluid, creative life. Engel (Vida) has a knack for showing how Paris s charms are both real and always verging on clich ; the house s ancient, noble owner and Lita s fellow residents, all full of advice, make for fun reading; and the story of Lita s parents journey from poverty in Colombia to running a giant Latin American food distribution company in New Jersey has an appealing fairy tale quality. But what s meant to be the story s heart is Lita s love affair with Cato, who is debilitated by the remnants of a childhood illness and is the son of one of France s most notoriously anti-immigrant politicians. Despite (or perhaps because of) these difficulties, they fall in love. The problem is that it s never fully clear why. For all Lita s insistence that this is true love, readers may agree with the wised-up housemate who tells Lita that no matter how different she and Cato think they are, their romance is just another short-term affair between a resident of the House of Stars and her local boyfriend.

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It's Not Love, It's Just Paris

Engaging, sweet and sad! Fun read.

It's Not Love, It's Just Paris
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  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Aug 06, 2013
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
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