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Studio Saint-Ex

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  100 reviews
A sleek, stylish novel set in the sophisticated, dazzling New York of the 1940s, between the shock of Pearl Harbor and the first landing of American troops in Europe—a deft, romantic novel about a wartime triangle involving a twenty-two-year-old fashion designer poised to launch her promising career . . .the acclaimed French expatriate writer/war pilot, Antoine de ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2013)
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Suanne Laqueur
DNF. Just lost interest and started skimming and it wasn’t doing anything for me anymore. Bummer.
I heard the author of this novel interviewed on CBC radio a while ago and was intrigued. I recently re-read Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book The Little Prince and was inspired to try Studio Saint-Ex as a result.

I liked the book—I stayed up much too late the other night to finish it, unable to put it down. I know that many of the details are true—Saint-Ex did have a number of plane crashes resulting in serious injuries, he did spend time in the U.S. waiting to participate in WWII as a pilot, he
Cathy Buchanan
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-love
I was lucky enough to receive an advance reading copy of Studio Saint-Ex. Szado gorgeously evokes the fashion scene of 1940s Manhattan and provides a smart, sure-handed glimpse into the hearts and minds of two women in love with literary sensation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A deft examination of love, desire and ambition.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who would have thought it? I certainly didn't see it coming. On my own browsing a shelf of books, I wouldn't have gotten past a brief glance, and that due to the wonderful cover. No reason, just not my usual subject matter. But I was fortunate enough to receive a preview copy. It took me a day or two to commit to cracking the cover, and a chapter or two to really enjoy the characters. Having said that..
I finished it that same night!! I couldn't put it down!
As I was saying.. Who would have
Andrea P.
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, books-i-own
This review was originally published on Cozy Up With A Good Read

I went into this book not really sure what I was expecting, I did think it was going to be a book about Antoine Saint-Exupery, but what I came out with was something completely different and utterly beautiful. This book is not as much about Antoine as it is about these two women who are vying for his affection and attention. The story is told from the perspectives of both Mignonne and Consuelo, both dealing with losing the person
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Montreal Expo ’67. New York garment district, 1942. Enlisted men carousing before they’re shipped off to war. A pilot, yearning to take to the skies in aid of his country. Couturiers pandering to the rich and famous: these are scenes made vivid under the capable pen of Ania Szado. Studio Saint-Ex is a fascinating re-creation of a period in World War II when New York was replacing Paris as the fashion centre. The book opens with a woman (Mignonne) en route to the 1967 world fair where her fashion ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this novel through the Goodreads First Reads giveaways.

A chapter or two into this book, I wasn't really sure if I was going to like it - but then the story picked up and I got pulled in. There are some really wonderful characters. Consuelo, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's wife is a fascinating, infuriating character you will love to hate. The details that go into describing fashion designs of Mignonne LaChapelle are really lovely, and I would love to see an edition of this novel
I was hoping this would be my type of book! But it was not... I felt like nothing was happening between me and the book; that no connection was developing between us. Don't get me wrong: it is well written and easy to read... The author is very skilled. It was just not my kind of book and I was disappointed that it was not. If any one of you wants to give it a try, I would be happy to have it sent to you. Write me a message on goodreads.
Dianne Landry
Jul 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Yawn. The fictionalized story of the author of The Little Prince, his wife and his fictional mistress. If I had to read one more line about the draping of clothing or the Alliance Francaise I think my head would ahve exploded. I couldn't finish it and so I returned it to the library for something, hopefully, more interesting.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elegant and absorbing, Studio Saint-Ex is a lively and provocative blend of fact and fiction about the lives of the enigmatic Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his tempestuous wife Consuelo.
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-review
I’m terrified to review Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex because I feel my review can’t do justice to the beautiful story Szado wrote. I planned on reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince before Studio so I could get into the mindset and get reacquainted with the beloved children’s book; however, I read the first two few chapters and put it aside, deciding to delve into Studio Saint-Ex with only my memory of The Little Prince.

Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex is a fictionalized biography of
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deft and daft. This book explores both realms, vigorously. It's a well-done drawing, nicely stitched, and a drunken broth. If you'll read it with such an mind, I think you'll see what I mean and like it very much.

As artists, this book's writer, Ania Szado, its protagonist, Ms. LaChapelle, and its romantic interest, Antoine, all excel in several respects. They are quick-witted and skillful in their realms; there is no question about that. However, they are also mad. They are crazy about achieving
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodread Giveaways
In " Studio Saint Ex" Ania Szado weaves a passionate and evocative story of three people in New York during WWII. Using real historical characters - Consuelo and Antonio Exupéry- and their fiery marital relationship as the foundation of her plot, the writer weaves a tale of betrayal, loneliness, friendship, love and loss which is as creative as it is gripping. The story centers around the relationship of the Count and Countess Exupéry with a young fashion designer - Mignonne Lachapelle who's ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Program in exchange for an unbiased review.

Now I like historical novels, the further back in history the better, thus normally I would not have been interested in a story set during the Second World War, too recent for my tastes. But I grew up with The Little Prince, perhaps I could learn something about its author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Plus there was a Canadian connection which never hurts.

What I didn't expect was to be completely drawn
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin, I read an advanced uncorrected proof of this novel from a Goodreads giveaway.

This was a great book, I really enjoyed it. Before reading this novel, I wasn't familiar with Antoine de Saint-Exupery or his wife, although I had heard of his book, The Little Prince. Ania Szado drew wonderful characters and brought them to life; my curiosity regarding Saint-Exupery and his wife is certainly piqued, and I will likely read his writings and her memoirs in the future (and other works by Szado,
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received Studio Saint-Ex from a GoodReads First Reads giveaway and looked forward to reading it because I expected to find details about the author of the Little Prince, a marvelous book I loved reading years ago. It did provide a historical background of the times it was written and of its author. Even if it is a work of fiction, the novel provides interesting insight into Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's life and his relationship with his wife Consuelo, in a more easy to read format than a dry ...more
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really intrigued by the concept of this novel and by the author, so I was really excited to win an advance copy from First Reads. It took me a while to get into... I found the story and the writing slightly disorienting at first. It probably took until about halfway for me to fully get into it--once I did, though, I really enjoyed it and raced through the final chapters. I'm sure that people who are familiar with "The Little Prince" will especially appreciate it. I wasn't, but that didn't ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ania Szado brings to life the 1940s, fashion, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery in the most magical way in Studio Saint-Ex. Her characters are utterly charming and irresistable, and Szado has written one of the most intriguing and complex love triangles I've read--I'm still mulling the trio over in my mind. Mignonne's devotion to fashion is inspiring and I found myself wishing I could wear her creations, and I was captivated by Consuelo and the remarkable (and awful) position she found herself in ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
A beautiful story, which I experienced as an audiobook perfectly read by Cassandra Campbell. I wonder if I would have liked it as much if I had read it myself? I'm not sure that I would read this again, but I also know I'm not ready to leave the world of Saint-Ex behind. I've spent the last couple of days torn between wanting to know how the story ends, and not wanting it to ever be over. Surely the sign of a good read?!?

PS How cool are public libraries? I can browse the catalogue and download a
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Really liked it. I wish I could have learned more about Antoine and Consuelo's life before they met Mignonne.
I liked the short Chapters and the alternating point of views. I haven't read 'The Paris Wife' so I can't attest to their similarities, if not in storyline but in themes.
I would recommend it. I recently read 'The Painted Girls' and think this would be a great follow-up for those who loved that story.
I am still in my modern French lit immersion. Looking to pick up 'Paris' by Edward
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
going to think on this one a bit. it was lovely - evocative and transportive. i think i will now have to read Saint-Exupéry by Stacy Schiff, and pair the fiction with the biography; it's been on my shelf far too long.
Renée Doiron
The writing style was as elegant as the white silk dress on the cover, and the spurned wife was an extremely interesting and polarizing character to say the least. I'm not rating this any higher than a 3 because I struggled to understand the attraction that the young heroin had to Saint-Exupéry throughout the book.
Angie Hardy
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
At first I wasn’t sure that I would be able to relate with this book. I like fashion but I don’t really have the same type of understanding or passion that is described in this book. But this book had me hooked. I really liked it.

I won a free copy of this book through GoodReads.
Diana Eberhardt
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and moving story of the author of The Little Prince, and two women who loved him deeply. Sad, happy, captivating, haunting, beautifully written...
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Ridiculously beautiful.
Beautiful and fluid and lyrical.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
More like 2.5, I bet. Sometimes I can be sucked in by the fragrance of the suds of books like this, that seem to me to border on the edge of being chick-lit, but these days mostly cannot be. If this were the 80's or 90's when I was reading all of Judith Krantz's (and still young and slim enough myself to give at least 1.5 of a rat's ass about clothes) this might've interested me more, but even then constant references to "baby doll necklines" or "hippo turd buttons" like you're supposed to know ...more
I couldn't get into this one. It did not hold my interest at all. Too many good books out there for me to linger over one I just couldn't stay with.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three words: wild, enthralling, tragic
Lisa Mcbroom
Jun 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my worst enemy!
Cover Beautiful! Concept of story interesting! Writing Shallow and Pretentious . Characters like watching someones life on an opaque screen. Consensus : Don't waste my time!
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ANIA SZADO is the author of STUDIO SAINT-EX. Against the backdrop of WWII Manhattan's glittering French expat community and emerging fashion scene, STUDIO SAINT-EX sets Antoine de Saint-Exupéry--and his work-in-progress, THE LITTLE PRINCE--within a tempestuous triangle that pits the love and ambitions of a beautiful 22-year-old designer against the passions and seductions of Saint-Ex's fiery ...more
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