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Paris, He Said

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Set in Paris, from the award-winning author of Little Known Facts, an effervescent new novel about a woman in thrall to a powerful older man.

Jayne Marcus feels directionless and is struggling to pay her bills in Manhattan when she is given the opportunity to move to Paris with her wealthy lover and benefactor, Laurent Moller, who owns and operates two art galleries, one in
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Hardcover, 325 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA
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Ellon
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sses-book-club
I was enjoying the first section of this book, told from Jayne's POV. Once it switched to Laurent's POV, I enjoyed it less and when it switched back to Jayne's POV for the end, I was completely disinterested. I was also left wanting with the ending, which I felt did not resolve the story.
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A heart's coming of age, and what I mean by that is the novel has Jayne learning all of love's dimensions while struggling with what she wants. The appeal of a worldly European man offering to give her the chance to blossom in Paris seems to be a no brainer- particularly for an artist. Laurent is the man offering to turn her into a sensualist, not just with art but with food and the ways of the Parisians.But Laurent is at times slippery, too practiced with women, too charming, and Jayne sometime ...more
Lila Johnson
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm trying to figure out what just happended. I got to the last page of the book and felt as if I were pushed off a cliff. What happened? What did I miss? This is my first book by this author and choose it because of my madness and desire for all things Paris. Throughout the story I felt as though I were riding a roller coaster;sometimes up and elated then flat and questioning what I had just read.
My rating is due to the inability to really connect with the character Jayne Marks and because of t
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Paul Wilner
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the course of her relatively short career, Christine Sneed has shown remarkable range. Her first collection of short stories, the deliciously named "Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry,'' she delineated sexual politics and identity with sharp, knowing insights. The book deservedly won the Grace Paley award for short fiction and was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award - august company, indeed.
Her second book, and first published novel, "Little Known Fac
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Esil
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an opportunity to read an advance copy of Paris, He Said. I feel perplexed by this book. Jayne is a young aimless artist in New York. She meets Laurent, who is her older boss in the gallery he owns in New York. Laurent moves back to Paris, where he owns another gallery, and asks Jayne to follow him. Jayne moves to Paris, lives with Laurent and paints. And most of the story takes place in Paris, mostly told from Jayne's point of view but sometimes told ...more
Jessica Treadway
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a lush, evocative novel about an artist and the people she loves, the decisions she has to make as she embarks upon the career she always dreamed about, and Paris, which becomes a character in its own right. A romance, drama, and comedy all at once, Paris, He Said features Sneed's typically elegant writing and rich characters, especially Jayne.
Lauren
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointment.

Here's what happened. I was on vacation (off the grid) and I was thoroughly engrossed in Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall." Then I temporarily lost my Kindle. So, I borrowed my daughter's Kindle for a few hours, but because I was off the grid I couldn't download "Wolf Hall." And the only book that I had accidentally downloaded to her Kindle over the past few months was "Paris, He Said" by Christine Sneed. So, I greedily picked it up, and given how straightforward and linear the n
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Olya
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, france, 2015
I received this book courtesy of the GoodReads First Reads Giveaway.

I loved the idea of this book, but the execution was so-so for me. Both Jayne and Laurent fell flat to me as characters. I really wanted to read more about the emotions behind Jayne's decision to leave New York to live with Laurent in Paris. Honestly, I was bored a lot while reading the book. Some parts were interesting, but I really felt like I was just pressing on during most of the book. Then, the ending was just...there. It
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Maggie Mitchell
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this compelling exploration of love and desire and the murky region in between, Christine Sneed gives us a glimpse of the Paris art world through the eyes of two flawed but likable characters, Jayne Marks and her older lover, Laurent. In many ways it's a novel of rumination and self-analysis, rather than action, and it never shies away from its characters' more sordid motivations: Jayne accepts an invitation to live with Laurent in Paris in order to pursue her art (an exceedingly uncomfortabl ...more
Nancy
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am trying to sort out exactly why I was so disappointed in this book. I think it was because it has elements I expected to work for me: a young painter struggling to make a name for herself while simultaneously starting a lush life in Paris.

Christine Sneed tried to inject philosophical musings by her principal characters into the narrative but they seemed like glib greeting card sentiments rather than serious moral deliberations. There were plenty of gray areas that could have been left open f
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Gena DeBardelaben
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
eARC: Netgalley

I'm struggling to put my impressions of this book into writing. Christine Sneed certainly has talent as a writer and composes beautifully descriptive passages, but somehow the passages just never seemed to come together as a comprehensive whole. Add in the fact that I was unable to identify with, or even like, Jayne and I found myself doggedly pushing on to finish this book out of sheer determination rather than enjoyment. Then, as a reward for all my effort, the book suddenly end
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nikkia neil
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, art
thanks bloomsbury and netgalley for arc

Awesome book! Very different than the usual contemporary romance that I'v read before. Unique love story. Part philosophy, part romance, all together good book.
Connie Anderson
Christine Sneed really has great insight into her characters' inner conflicts. The book was surprisingly different from what I expected.I was really caught off guard, which made the book so real for me. I am still miffed at this stupid girl, Jayne. She is a poor, struggling artist in NYC. Her boyfriend, Colin, spends too much time watching sports on tv than paying any attention to her. One night a friend invites her to a gallery showing. Of course, this handsome older frenchman is watching her e ...more
Susan Mcdonald
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't certain if I "liked" this novel, but then when I started reading from Laurent's point of view, it took off. I enjoyed the alternating perspectives of Jayne and Laurent...and the many nuances of life and relationships which were captured and shared by their thoughts and actions. Although the I was hoping for an epilogue (I felt the story ended rather abruptly), I was able to ponder and imagine my own ending of the lives of Jayne and Laurent.
Skip
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good read about artists at work, about art, and of course, the people who make art, as well, in this case, people who sell art and artists. Paris is the environment of the story. What better a place for a setting for this or any book? Actually, it was the reason I picked up the book in the first place. Nice use of the language, almost conversational, which appeals to me.
Susan Marcus
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Missing Paris
Just as I reluctantly left Paris years ago after an internship at a museum there, I regretted reaching the last pages of "Paris, He Said,"a novel, by Christine Sneed. How to let go of characters whose feelings were so familiar and whose responses mattered so much to me? I knew a few of those characters well, not only because Sneed pulled us into their lives and thoughts, but also because Paris helped shape those lives as it did mine. Living and participating in Parisian life, especi
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Rachel
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I guess if you want an honest book about the struggles of relationships, this would be it. I think the best part of the book was Laurent's perspective and background. Otherwise, I was counting down the pages until I was done!
M.K.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
The premise for this novel - plus the fact that it's set in Paris - were the reasons I decided to read it. Unfortunately, it didn't grab my attention enough and I decided not to finish it.
Joseph Pfeffer
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Henry James meets Sex and The City. Paris, He Said is a throughly modern book about a time-honored topic: the innocent (?) American moving to Europe - Paris, in fact - and getting involved with worldly, sophisticated people who take a somewhat lighter few of the permanency of relationships and other things puritanical Americans tend to take more seriously. Laurent, the book's male protagonist, is something of a stock character. He's suave, smooth, impeccably dressed, a refined sensualist, an aes ...more
Stephanie
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-book
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PARIS, HE SAID by Christine Sneed: Split Personalities
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Audiobook provided by publisher. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


I thought this book was something of a mess. It doesn’t go anywhere, but from NY to Paris. Jayne comes off, at first as uncalculating, direct. But as the story progresses her motives and her methods seem less innocent and Laurent doesn’t see anyone that way. He seems
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Randy Richardson
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
How many of us are ever truly content with the choices we make in our lives? That is a question at the heart of Christine Sneed’s novel, Paris, He Said, which is both evocative and provocative in its telling of a relationship between a young New York painter and her Parisian lover-mentor-benefactor.

The He Said in the title of this adult coming-of-age story refers to the wealthy, handsome, but older Laurent Moller, who strikes up a relationship with Jayne Marks at the opening of his New York art
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Mary Hawley
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Paris, He Said by Christine Sneed is a novel about art, love, and what happens when a young American painter tries to sort out her commitments to each of these ideals. After years of low-wage jobs and few opportunities to develop her talent as an artist, Jayne Marks accepts a surprising offer from her new lover, Laurent Moller: if she moves to Paris to share his apartment, he will support her so that she has time to paint. Laurent, more than twenty years older than Jayne, owns art galleries in N ...more
Angie Rhodes
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This is a beautiful book, and very well written.
Jayne Marks is an up and coming artist, who after years in College is now struggling to pay her bills in Manhattan. By chance she meets Laurent Moller a very wealthy older man, who gives her the opportunity, to move to Paris, where he lives and owns Art Galleries. Laurent who at first is her benefactor giving Jayne the financial help she need, and it's not long before he becomes her lover,but there is a niggling question in Jayne's mind does he ha
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Bryan Mitchell
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Unlike Little Know Facts and Portraits of the Few People I've Made Cry, which I enjoyed thoroughly, Christine Sneed's latest work was a different story. The descriptions and experimental point-of-view changes were as spot on as ever, but the narrative did not draw me in nor intrigue me enough to keep going. The vivid details, while brilliantly done and similar to a travel memoir, took me away from what was going on between Jayne and Laurent, although this was not the case in the beginning.

There
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Montessahall
Feb 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very slow start to this book. Not loving the author's style of writing. Rambling and too scattered for my taste. The character development of Jayne and Laurent is quite weak. The two part POV for Jayne and Laurent is almost pure filler. Very little of their POV's added anything relevant to the story, mere exchanges of their suspicions regarding pursuing and cheating with others. Too many unnecessary details about their friends and family. Jayne's jealousy, insecurity and mistrust of Laurent was ...more
Kate
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Intermingling gorgeous prose with the beautiful backdrop of Paris, Christine Sneed delivers a thought-provoking look into the life of Jayne Marks, a young woman who is figuring out who she is and who she wants to become. The reader is immersed in Jayne's journey as she rediscovers her artistic self while uncovering the differences and mysteries of her benefactor's Parisian life. The City of Lights and the man who brought her there irrevocably shape Jayne as both an artist and a person. After rea ...more
Karen Brown
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Christine Sneed's novel explores the acquiescence that exists in relationships, the envy and competitiveness of artists, and the multitude of compulsions that exist behind generosity. I wasn't left satisfied that her protagonist had made a good choice, but I was certain of her own uncertainty, and I knew what had gone into her choice to decide one way, or another about her relationship. Good books let you feel the ambiguity that fuels our own choices in life, and Sneed's novel reveals how diffic ...more
Nancy Feyen
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story of Jayne Marks, an aspiring artist who becomes the lover of a wealthy and fascinating older man so that she can pursue her artistic dreams. I found the story of her struggle to accept the compromises necessary to be part of a milieu that is both alien to her and irresistible quite suspenseful. I liked the section written in the voice of Laurent, the male lead, in which we can appreciate Jayne's talent, emotional vulnerability and worldly inexperience. We also see that Laurent ...more
Jill
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, sensitive
I did not really warm to 'Paris, He Said' by Christine Sneed. I think it's because I am not keen on romances between young girls and older men. Jayne leaves New York and her boyfriend when she is offered the chance to live in Paris with a rich art gallery owner who is known for taking on young girls to encourage their painting ambitions. I found the characters flat, uninteresting and totally absorbed in themselves; a constant theme is 'We are together, but what we do when we are apart is our own ...more
Sonia Reppe
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paris
A pretty girl who has two attractive, desirable men after her. One takes her to Paris and helps her art career by putting her paintings in a show (and he also sells them). Add to that the expert beautiful writing from Christine Sneed and what's not to love? Possibly some people might say it's not realistic that the main character has it so good and easy, but this story is not without tension and conflict (mostly inner).
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Christine Sneed's fourth book, the short story collection The Virginity of Famous Men, was published in September 2016 and was a finalist for the 2016 Chicago Review of Books Award for best fiction. Her third book, the novel Paris, He Said, an Illinois Reads selection for 2016, was published in 5/2015 by Bloomsbury USA, and it is set in contemporary Paris and New York. The main character, Jayne Ma ...more

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“There are so many ways of classifying our tendencies, but I think one of the most telling must be this: there are those of us who do not wrestle very often or for very long with our appetites, who can simply say, Enough, and walk away, and those of us who are constantly at odds with how much we desire and what we actually allow ourselves. The gay between desire and restraint: here rages the river of discontent, one that often threatens to overflow its banks.” 1 likes
“It was all still there, an immense quilt of bold, fantastical human will: the faded tawny golds and grays of the descending rooftops and scorched chimney pots, the cold steel-blue river with its fabled Left and Right Banks, the towers and steeples and crooked cobblestone streets, bisected by wide, brutish boulevards. As seductive as a mirage, but every slab of stone, every silent or uproarious inch of it, real. She had not returned triumphant as a brilliant painter or a self-made woman whose only worry about money was how to spend it ... but she had come back to Paris anyway. It was hard to imagine being unhappy here.” 1 likes
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