French Lessons

French Lessons

A Novel

Book - 2011
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A single day in Paris changes the lives of three Americans as they each set off to explore the city with a French tutor, learning about language, love, and loss as their lives intersect in surprising ways.

Josie, Riley, and Jeremy have come to the City of Light for different reasons: Josie, a young high school teacher, arrives in hopes of healing a broken heart. Riley, a spirited but lonely expat housewife, struggles to feel connected to her husband and her new country. And Jeremy, the reserved husband of a renowned actress, is accompanying his wife on a film shoot, yet he feels distant from her world.

As they meet with their tutors--Josie with Nico, a sensitive poet; Riley with Phillippe, a shameless flirt; and Jeremy with the consummately beautiful Chantal--each succumbs to unexpected passion and unpredictable adventures. Yet as they traverse Paris's grand boulevards and intimate, winding streets, they uncover surprising secrets about one another--and come to understand long-buried truths about themselves.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345522771
034552277X
Branch Call Number: FIC Sussm 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 242 p. :,ill., maps

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samdog123 Aug 15, 2016

This was the first book I've read by author, Ellen Sussman. I totally enjoyed this and it was a wonderful summer read. Josie, Riley and Jeremy are in Paris and each have a tutor so they can practice their French. The experiences of each couple are so well done. I read this in a day or so--really I couldn't put it down. Well-drawn characters and sophisticated without being distant. Can't wait for my next read by this author!

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vwruleschick
Apr 15, 2013

French tutors are needed to teach the expats their language and their context while in Paris, but it is more than it seems. You meet the tutors and their internal struggles and then you meet their students with their challenges. Will the tutors be able to teach them what they have or what they are missing in their lives. Lovely descriptions of Paris landmarks/landscapes.

Peanutpancake Mar 17, 2013

I loved this book. I travelled to Paris in November of 2012 and this book help me relive my memories of the beautiful city again! Easy read.

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Janshannon
Feb 10, 2013

I love a good story set in Paris, and anything with a fair amount of the French language. This would have benefited from more, as well as a bit of gravitas. It was entertaining, but not moving.

debwalker Aug 09, 2011

"Escape to Paris for one day in "French Lessons" by Ellen Sussman and follow the stories of three American tourists, each paying a pricey French tutor for a one-on-one immersion into the culture, language and food of the city. The intoxicating backdrop of Paris makes this novel immensely satisfying. Read it and then go see Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." Or go to Paris."
Linda Johns
Seattle Times

Phiaju Aug 06, 2011

loveeeeed this book

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