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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francine Thomas Howard Narrator: Madisun Leigh Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781455831777
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Paris, 1944: The city steams in the summer heat, bristling with anticipation of its impending liberation. It marks the beginning of the end of a devastating war...and the beginning of a year like no other for Marie-Thérèse Brillard and her children, Colette and Christophe. They first came to Paris from Martinique in 1928, among the immigrants of color who flocked to France in the 1920s and '30s. They settled in Montmartre, a vibrant neighborhood teeming with musicians, writers, and artists, and began the arduous task of building a new life in a new land. The rigors of World War II only added to the adversity beneath which Marie-Thérèse struggled. Its culmination should offer her relief, and yet...

When Colette and Christophe are swept up in the jubilation following the Nazis’ departure, each embarks upon a passionate love affair that Marie-Thérèse fears will cost them their dreams—or their lives. Twenty-year-old Colette begins a dalliance with a white Frenchman, a romance discouraged for the quadroon child of an immigrant. Her older brother Christophe becomes the lover of the beautiful wife of a French freedom fighter, a relationship Marie-Thérèse suspects can only end in heartache and bloodshed. Adding yet another complication is the man she calls Monsieur Lieutenant, the handsome black soldier whose mere presence intrigues Marie-Thérèse as no man has before.

Set against the turbulent backdrop of wartime France, Paris Noire is a dramatic and engrossing novel that brings to vivid life the remarkable people once relegated to the fringes of history.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 5/8/2013

    " There was something in the writing of this book that didn't quite capture me but the story itself was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Ratkowski | 5/2/2013

    " A pretty good story...... I would have liked a different ending though :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/29/2012

    " Some of her plot direction was kind of "eh." She set all this stuff up, and had a very anti-climatic ending. shm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber Berry | 6/6/2012

    " I don't recommend this book. I found the writing often annoyed me. I did finish it because of the era: Paris 1945, right after V-E day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat Thelander | 4/27/2012

    " I did expect a little more but it was OK. "

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About the Author
Francine Thomas Howard is the author of Page from a Tennessee Journal and Paris Noire. Exploring the multicultural legacy of African-descended people throughout the diaspora, her stories reflect her own African, European, and Native American heritage. Originally from Illinois, Howard earned a BA in occupational therapy from San José State and an MPA from the University of San Francisco. She left a rewarding career in pediatric occupational therapy to pursue another love, writing. Desiring to preserve the remarkable oral histories of her family tree, she began writing down those stories with little thought to publication. That all changed when she turned a family secret about her grandmother and grandfathers into Page from a Tennessee Journal. Howard submitted the novel to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and now publishes with Lake Union Publishing.
About the Narrator

Madisun Leigh is an on-air personality and morning show producer in the Detroit area. Her career in radio started in Madison, Wisconsin; she hails originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She also narrates audiobooks.