Jennifer's Reviews > C'est la Vie: An American Woman Begins a New Life in Paris and--Voila!--Becomes Almost French

C'est la Vie by Suzy Gershman
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Mar 10, 2009

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Read in March, 2009

I really enjoyed this book, especially the anecdotes and nuances the author uses to explain her first year of living in France. Her story is quaint, which is nice in my opinion, and I now have an urge to visit France again and spend time doing non-touristy things in Paris.

That said, the author seems to repeat herself a lot, which is a bit annoying. Either she thinks her readers won't remember a person she has mentioned two pages prior, or her editors aren't very good at their jobs. She also seems a bit hardened, calling the anniversary of her husband's death "Dead Day," and repeatedly telling the reader something along the lines of "what the hell, he's dead anyway." And she loves the idea of being someone's mistress. So scandalous and immoral.

But...overall I loved reading about her experiences shopping, especially in the flea markets. Her travails trying to get an apartment might be useful for anyone planning to move to France, but then again, someone actually moving there might do a little more research than the author did...

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