PARIS IN LOVE
Author: Eloisa James ISBN: 9781400069569 4/2012 MEMOIR Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
RRAH's THOUGHTS AND PONDERINGS:
Back in 2009, romance novelist/Shakespearean academic Eloisa James was ready for a change after the recent death of her mother and a good friend, and her own brush with breast cancer. She and her Italian husband took sabbaticals from their professor jobs, sold their house in New Jersey, and moved their two children to Paris for a year.
I have to say I loved this book until sour grapes slowly crept up on me. Her complaints about finances, hair dye issues, and weight get irritating to those of us not as blessed with money and thinness. But if you can get over green-eyed jealousy of a more fabulous life than yours, these vignettes and moments (originally posted on Facebook during the year) about life as an American in Paris will sweep you away to a funny, blessed year.
I especially enjoyed tales of her children, who I hope don’t read this memoir until they are old enough to find it humorous! We also learn about James’ relative, Claud, who lived in Paris and wrote about it one hundred years before she did. Her less-than-flattering opinion about him creates some narrative tension.
In conclusion, I still am not a fan of her fiction, but I would read another memoir by her, as I think her voice lends itself well to arch, quirky commentary.