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The Paris Predicament

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Ooh-la-la! This magical first-person novel poignantly captures the quest for love, truth, and meaning in a tumultuous world.

Chances are, you know someone like Camille: tenderhearted and ambitious, yet free-as-the-breeze. An American portrait artist in Paris, Camille Portraro leads an enchanting existence until her life forever changes when everything she loves crashes in a
Paperback, 395 pages
Published October 8th 2020 by Black Rose Writing
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Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
*This review is an unbiased review of a book I received free of charge from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*
When I had read about one quarter of this book, I looked ahead to my review and thought I would give it three stars at most. My problem with it was the constant and extreme use of metaphor, creating garrulousness. I love poetic imagery but it really felt over the top. “. . . he insisted on speaking something that resembled English if one spoke English with a rag stuffed in one’s mouth from i
David Shawn
May 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Imagine precocious, brilliant Eloise of Plaza Hotel adventures all grown up and living in Paris, and that will give you an excellent feeling for the experience of reading this remarkable novel. Our Eloise is named Camille, and we follow her through a tragic life-altering accident, deaths, the aftermath of a fire, murder, and other accidents that for spoiler alert purposes will remain unenumerated--but Camille's soul is so pure, her heart so good, that we are (almost) always smiling (almost, beca ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Some novels carry you away with their action, some with a tension-filled plot, while others lull you along with their musical prose and character-driven observations to create a perfectly believable fictional world. Like chocolate you should allow to melt in your mouth instead of chewing too quickly, “The Paris Predicament” is just such of book.

Sasha Lauren’s colorfully written tale of a young Paris expat artist who accidentally hits a boy with her car while texting and driving is a nicely cons
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Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Overall Rating = 4.17
Storyline & Concept = 4
Writing & Delivery = 4
Editorial = 4.5
The Paris Predicament is the story of an American woman living in Paris, working as an artist. A tragedy strikes for which she feels responsible, and she travels to different corners of the world seeking escape and atonement. Her path forces her to leave behind close friends, but it throws new ones into her sphere.
This novel is a whirlwind of activity, with a plot that twists and turns; a smorgasbord of eccentric ch
Leah Eskine
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sasha Lauren will grab you on the first pages of Paris Predicament as she unveils the story of Camille presented in rich poetic prose. An unfortunate accident causes our heroine to begin a complicated saga of twists and turns over several continents in search of meaning and quasi-redemption. Lauren’s writing is unique and bold, and probably the greatest draw to the book. Join Danielle on this journey – you won’t be disappointed , and you will certainly be entertained.
Lisa McAlister
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dear Readers,

The Paris Predicament is a page-turner! I bought two, one for my Mother and me. We have traveled to Paris on numerous occasions and to many other places in Europe. I have finished the book and Mom is close to finishing it and hopefully soon so that the Christmas tree will look festive! It has been up for three days now and is still naked or void of any decorations other than the angel on top that she had someone else place, which is very unusual. Typically, the tree is up and decora
Brigid Aranson
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the Paris Predicament. It was such a page turner. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed it so much that I read it three times! There are so many wonderful twists and turns and interesting and endearing characters. I think it should be turned into a movie or play. The writing reminded me of Dylan Thomas, full of beautiful descriptive images that I could feel, taste and hear as if I were there. It made me laugh out loud and also moved me to tears. I loved the themes about conscience and choice ...more
Jacquie Herz
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you begin to read Sasha Lauren’s The Paris Predicament, you immediately find yourself in a brand new world. Lauren’s voice in Camille, her main character, is so unique and filled with such wonderful metaphors, you can’t help but keep smiling as you find yourself falling in love with this artistic, caring, and beautiful young woman.
It doesn’t seem to matter where in the world Camille—or Lucy, as she comes to be known after her predicament—travels to, she is welcomed and loved by everyone she
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whilst reading this you would never believe this is the authors first novel. Sasha Lauren's writing is undeniably full of depth and intrigue from the first word to the last and you will be gripped from the absolute on-set.
An engaging storyline about an American women living in Paris finding herself in the heart of a tragic situation leading her to seek escape by roaming to different parts of the world. However, it is not as simple as it all seems. Through all this hurricane of activity we also m
Meghan Marsden
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Paris Predicament was so compelling, I wanted to devour it in one sitting. However, I'd liken it to a peanut butter fudge cheesecake - best to savor it slowly over time. Whimsically well written, this is a tale for #allvoices.

The tale begins in Paris, with our courageous, young, vegan, protagonist, Camille on the run. We follow her from Paris to Idaho, Iceland to Colombia, and every pit stop in between as the young woman travels the world to set a wrong right.

Armed with steadfast values, a
Sana Pirzada
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sasha Lauren is a magician with words - raising her magic wand, she transports us into a Parisian world where the focus is on various relationships. The novel depicts a transformation arc of the main characters and shows how they overcome numerous human emotions including guilt. The book is a testament to the notion of the metaphorical light at the end of the tunnel. 'The Paris Predicament' is an engaging read with Lauren displaying her brilliant writing skills with vivid descriptions. It is gua ...more
Brian Kaufman
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You won’t have to wait long to discover the quandary Sasha Lauren’s The Paris Predicament, since the author begins her story with a life-changing tragedy. Camille is an American artist, living in Paris. Suddenly on the run, her escape route cuts across continents in a search for a means to amends.

Lauren’s stream-of-consciousness prose is anchored by references to music, art and an array of travel settings. The whirlwind plot is seasoned with unforgettable characters. What emerges is an extended
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book with a very unique and intriguing story that kept me captivated. A trip around the world with many unsuspected twists and turns.
Apr 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Paris Predicament is an ambitious novel that challenges the norms of conventional novel writing. It is also playful. With a large cast of characters, The Paris Predicament showcases Lauren’s skill as a writer. Even the extras in this novel are given their time in the sun: “Your ticket please,” the cultured crackle of the upper crust Londoner landed like a lit cherry bomb, unnerving my pre-flight reverie, her forehead forced immobile as though overly botoxed, but no, it was part of the job, t ...more
Jenny Jaeckel
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
If Thelma and Louise merged with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure into a film by Pedro Almodóvar that was then captured in a book penned by Tom Robbins, I think the result would be something like Sasha Lauren’s The Paris Predicament. When American expat and chalk artiste Camille inadvertently causes a tragic accident in Paris, she panics and goes on the run, inciting a world-traveling adventure in which calamity and serendipity--and a slew of colorful characters—writhe and wrangle Camille’s world into a ...more
Bruce Gersten
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Paris Predicament is a compelling tale that captivates the reader with a likable cast of oddballs working through their issues of guilt and culpability. Our heroine collects companions like Dorothy Gale or Chicken Little running from and back to her moral duty. Her life becomes consumed with her predicament after she indirectly causes the death of a child while texting while driving in Paris. The writing explodes with alliterations, metaphors and musical and cultural references that will kee ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
I received this book from Early Reviews with Librarything, thank you. This is hard to review, I was really hoping to enjoy this book and the ratings were all so good but regardless I just could not even finish it.
May 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
I couldn’t finish this book. It is about nothing with many uninteresting characters.
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Sasha Lauren, activist, artist, organizer, and screenplay consultant, was a globetrotting massage therapist for cast and crew on feature film-sets. She won first place in the Channillo Publishing short story contest for The Country Fair and first place in Writers Assembled contest for The Paris Predicament, her first novel. A poet, she loves to review films, study world culture through art, draw p ...more

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