My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Very informative and compelling book that contains stories about a set of brilliant individuals that found themselves in the city of light between the Wall Street Crash and German occupation.
Because of this incredible book, I was able to find myself in a circle of Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Gide, Marie Curie, Picasso, Stravinsky, the fabulous Coco Chanel, and Elsa Schiaparelli, sassy Josephine Baker, my hero Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, Man Ray, and Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, also Renoir, Dali. This book provides many more interesting facts about each character’s life, their friendships, and struggles. The book’s purpose is to focus on each individual’s lives during the late 1920s and thru 1940, however, the reader is also given an opportunity to learn a bit more of their backgrounds prior to 1929.
Mary McAuliffe did a brilliant job of researching the facts and putting everything together into an astonishing novel. Thank you Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and NetGalley for a copy of this amazing book.