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French films, a novel, an ex­pat’s ex­pe­ri­ence and a dic­tio­nary

Is­abella Costello, £8.99, Lit­er­ary Sofa ISBN 9780995724204

“The first time I caused ter­ri­ble harm to those I love it was by ac­ci­dent. The sec­ond is the rea­son I’m here.”

Bri­tish-amer­i­can ex­pat Alexan­dra lives a glam­orous life in Paris where she works as an art book pub­lisher with her hus­band, Philippe, a con­tem­po­rary art dealer.

Her life takes on a bit­ter turn when she finds out that Philippe is hav­ing an af­fair. While still in shock, she meets Jean-luc, the 23-year-old son of Philippe’s best friend. The two give in to mu­tual at­trac­tion and fall into a dan­ger­ous re­la­tion­ship that threat­ens to hurt ev­ery­one Alexan­dra cares about.

A life­long Fran­cophile, Is­abel Costello weaves an in­trigu­ing tale of love, lust and loss to the beau­ti­ful back­drop of Paris in this first novel.

The book, al­though a pas­sion­ate story about love and its in­escapable ef­fects, also of­fers an in­sight into what it is like to live in a for­eign city as an ex­pat; de­spite liv­ing in Paris for sev­eral years and mas­ter­ing the French lan­guage, Alexan­dra still feels like an out­sider.

Well writ­ten and with true char­ac­ters, this novel is a pas­sion­ate tale and a real page-turner.

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