A Paris Apartment: A Novel (Paperback)

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I picked up A Paris Apartment on a whim this summer for a light read not knowing that it was based on real events...well, relatively real events. It is fiction, after all. The story begins as April, an antique appraiser, is sent on a trip to Paris, France to appraise furniture that has been in an unopened apartment for 70 years. Among the items April finds in the apartment, a favorite is a Giovanni Boldini painting of a woman, Madame de Florian. Perhaps even more important, April finds the journals of Madame de Florian and becomes captivated with Madame's illustrious life and the perils of her time, ultimately eliciting April to think about her own life. When she left for Paris, she left behind a cheating husband, and truth be told, a career that was quite stagnant. A Paris Apartment is a beautiful piece of historical fiction and is an absolute gem of a debut novel for Michelle Gable. This book is perfect for anybody looking for a little escape with a lot of historical information. 

— Kirstyn

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The 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.

About the Author


New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment, MICHELLE GABLE graduated from The College of William & Mary. When not dreaming up fiction on the sly, she currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California, with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat.

Praise For…


“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 recommended.” —Library 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 book.” —Allison 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 mystery.” —Sophie 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 everything.” —Kristin Harmel, internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting

“A charming read about a fascinating history and the woman behind it.” —Historical 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 strengths.” —The 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 Paris.” —Spa Weekly Daily

“This debut novel is a keeper. It will definitely stay with you long after you finish the last page.” —Chicklit 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 could.” —Celeste Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Love, art, history, Paris -- what more can you ask for?” —FineBooks Magazine

“Vive le Paris apartment!” —Booklist

“You'll be quickly drawn in...there are reasons galore why this story is compelling....A fun and insightful novel.” —Maine Antique Digest

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250067777
ISBN-10: 1250067774
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: June 30th, 2015
Pages: 400
Language: English
 

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