Weekend in Paris
by Robyn Sisman
Category: Fiction / General
336 pages; ISBN: 0452284902
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Weekend in Paris
Plume, Mar 2004, $13.00, 336 pp.
Raised by a single mother in a small town England, Molly Clearwater thought her career in London as a Marketing Officer would be the delightful first step towards greater things. Instead six months as a glorified office gofer at Phipps Lauzer Beryman Pharmaceutical leaves Molly disillusioned. She especially detests her nasty womanizer boss Malcolm Figg, who treats her with contempt and sarcasm.
However, her spirits picks up when Malcolm informs her she will accompany him to Paris for a major weekend business conference. She walks on cloud nine until she overhears two office gossips discussing her as Malcolm’s latest weekend fling. Angry, Molly quits. Shockingly for someone who never left England, she takes the train to Paris anyway. Finding a cheap room, she meets Alicia a wild Aussie who takes her on a crazy tour of the city where she meets people that includes a tryst and a stranger at the pharmaceutical convention who will shake up her world once he and she realize who the other is.
Though twenty-one years old, Molly stars in a coming of age tale that changes her previously narrow outlook on the world. Molly is a great center holding the story line together, but it is the secondary cast that includes her Paris lover, Malcolm, the stranger at the convention and especially courageous Alicia who make gay Paris light up as few novels succeed in doing. Though the connection with the stranger at the convention is a stretch, readers will enjoy this delightful character study that hooks the audience the moment Molly learns why she is going to Paris until the final goodbyes.
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