A Paris Apartment
A Novel by Michelle Gable
A Paris Apartment A Novel by Michelle Gable
A New York Times Best Seller.
Based on the fascinating true story of a treasure-stocked Parisian apartment opened for the first time in seventy years.
April Vogt, Sotheby's continental furniture specialist, is speechless when a Paris apartment shuttered for seventy years is discovered in the ninth arrondissement. Beneath the cobwebs and stale perfumed air is a goldmine, and not because of the actual gold (or painted ostrich eggs or mounted rhinoceros horns or bronze bathtub). First, there's a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque, Giovanni Boldini.
And then there are letters and journals written by the very woman in the painting, Marthe de Florian. These documents reveal that she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly April's quest is no longer about the bureaux plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It's about discovering the story behind this charismatic woman.
With its well-developed, memorable characters and the author's skillful transitioning between story lines
this stunning and fascinating debut will capture the interest of a wide audience but particularly those interested in stories about women behind famous men like Melanie Benjamin's The Aviator's Wife or Nancy Horan's Under the Wide and Starry Sky. Highly recommendedLibrary Journal (starred review)
The women's fiction world is lucky to welcome Michelle Gable to its ranks. In A Paris Apartment, Gable deftly weaves romance, mystery, past and present into a wonderful page-turner that will have readers clamoring for her next bookAllison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author
A Paris Apartment winds between past and present, between two passionate women and their lives, loves and fortunes. Informed and assured, debut author Gable's prose is fresh and emotionally complex. Glimpses into Parisian life, the arts, and the high-end antiquities trade are piquant accents to an exceptional mysterySophie Littlefield, national bestselling author
The past and present intertwine in Michelle Gable's sparkling debut, which sings of the Belle Epoque, French romance, and a few secrets that change everythingKristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting
A charming read about a fascinating history and the woman behind itHistorical Novel Society
Gable's Paris of today and yesteryear are worlds that are easy and pleasurable to get lost in. April's and Marthe's stories intersect, at times blatantly and at times subtly mirroring or contrasting one another
This parallel construction, the sense of place and atmosphere, and Gable's often witty writing are the book's greatest strengthsThe San Diego Union-Tribune
Pick it up as the perfect escape--you'll quickly be whisked away through the vividly described scenery and events of life in ParisSpa Weekly Daily
This debut novel is a keeper. It will definitely stay with you long after you finish the last pageChicklit Club
The inspiration for A Paris Apartment began in 2010 when Gable's agent sent her an intriguing article with the note: 'I think you can do something with this.' A real-life Parisian flat, abandoned for 70 years, its contents frozen in time? Absolutely, she couldCeleste Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Love, art, history, Pariswhat more can you ask for?FineBooks Magazine
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You'll be quickly drawn in
there are reasons galore why this story is compelling....A fun and insightful novelMaine Antique Digest