A Paris Apartment

A Paris Apartment

Book - 2014
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"When April Vogt's boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit ninth arrondissement apartment, the Sotheby's continental furniture specialist does not hear the words "dust" or "rats" or "shuttered for seventy years." She hears Paris. She hears escape. Once in France, April quickly learns the apartment is not merely some rich hoarder's repository. Beneath the dust and 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. And then there are letters and journals written by the woman in the painting, documents showing she was more than a renowned courtesan with enviable decolletage. Suddenly it's no longer about the bureau plats and Louis-style armchairs that will fetch millions at auction. It's about a life. Two lives, actually. With the help of a salty (and annoyingly sexy) Parisian solicitor and the courtesan's private documents, April tries to uncover the secrets buried in the apartment. As she digs into one woman's life, April can't help but take a deeper look into her own. When the two things she left bubbling back in the States begin to boil over, April starts to wonder whether she'll ever find--in the apartment, or in her life--just what she's looking for."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250048738
Branch Call Number: GABLE M
Gable, M
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 25 cm

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mlussky
Aug 13, 2017

I loved this book...especially because I love Paris and antiques. A great way to tell a possible story behind an actual occurrence.

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horsestalktome
Mar 03, 2016

Enjoyable, especially if you like history, Paris or furniture.

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KnittingChick
Jan 20, 2016

Well, I cannot say I liked this book. It is not often that I pack it in, but I could not take it anymore and quit half way through. I really liked the part of the story from the past, but the main character April just drove me crazy. She acted like a teenager in high school instead of a 35 year old woman, it was just stupid and took away completely from the main gist of the story, which was the apartment, and the story of the woman who lived there. To bad, it could have been so much better.

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1_Great_Book
Jul 07, 2015

This first-time novel writer is still working out plot and character development. Very slow to pick up. Lots of tangents. Some very contrived and pretentious dialogue. Plot thickens in second half, which is much more smoothly written. Loads of description on minutiae and then events leap over years' time in just a few pages. Needs to be tighter and more polished.

samdog123 Apr 28, 2015

When April, an antique furniture expert, heads off to Paris to work on an apartment that's been shut up for over 70 years, she becomes fascinated with Marthe de Florian, the woman who owned the apartment. A beautiful painting by a famous artist shows the woman at her finest and the furniture and items in the apartment are a fabulous collection. Through Marthe's diaries, April learns about the woman, famous in the Belle Epoch era.

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ERIN CHANG
Mar 15, 2015

What a great story. Well written. I hardly wanted to put it down. The author switched between present and past keeping the interest in how both Marthe's and April's stories would play out. I will be on the lookout for more books from this author.

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