FEBRUARY 2011 HARDCOVER
13, Rue Thérèse: A Novel
Elena Mauli Shapiro
ISBN: 978-0-316-08328-7; $23.99
An American professor in Paris falls in love with two women, one of whom he can only imagine, in this magical debut.
As he settles into his new office in Paris, American academic Trevor Stratton discovers a box full of century-old artifacts. The pictures, letters, and objects in the box relate to the life of Louise Brunet, a Frenchwoman who lived through both World Wars. Trevor begins to piece together the story of Louise’s life: her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who works for her father, and her attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13 rue Térèse. As he becomes enamored with the charming,feisty Louise of his imagination, he notices another alluring Frenchwoman: his clerk Josiànne, who planted the mysterious box in his office, and with whom he finds he is falling in love.
About the author: Elena Mauli Shapiro was raised in Paris, France, and has earned degrees from Stanford University and Mills College. She now lives in the Bay Area and still treasures the mysterious objects found in her childhood home.