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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (268 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carole DeSanti Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Love and war converge in this lush, epic story of a young woman's struggle with life and love during and after the Second Empire (1852 - 1871), an era that was absinthe-soaked, fueled by railway money and prostitution, and transformed by cataclysmic social upheaval.

Eugénie R., born in foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris but soon finds herself marooned. An outcast, she charts the treacherous waters of sexual commerce on a journey through artists' ateliers and pawnshops, zinc bars and luxurious bordellos.

Giving birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon, Eugénie spends the next 10 years fighting to get her back, falling in love along the way with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary. Then, as the gates of the city close on the eve of the Siege of Paris, Eugénie comes face to face with her past. Drawn into a net of desire and need, promises and lies, she must make a choice and find her way to a life that she can call her own.

The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is a testament to the power of love, friendship, and the art of self-creation.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sana | 2/15/2014

    " Wonderful book. This is an epic story infused with so much poetry. You cannot read this book and feel a range of emotions. The characters were real and so were their struggles. I learned so much about this turbulent time in history. In the end, DeSanti pleases our curiosity without giving too much away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Caitlin | 2/14/2014

    " It was really well researched, but it showed. The author got mired in the history, and forgot to tell the actual story in a clear manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aurora | 2/10/2014

    " I just lived an entire lifetime in Paris. Beautiful and haunting story. Sigh! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meg Ulmes | 2/7/2014

    " I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. There were chapters that I loved, chapters that I skimmed, chapters that I hated, and chapters that made no sense. In fact, much of the book made no sense to me. It is beautifully written--as to prose style. It certainly creates the period in which it takes place. Its plot is buried--like a dog's bone in a closely planted garden--difficult to spot and even more difficult to dig up without harming the plants around it. I read to the end to find out what happens to our heroine--but that was not to be. The ending is as enigmatic as Eugenie herself and her life. I'm not sure that I would recommend it--and I think that I'm glad I read it. Give me some time to digest it... "

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About the Author

Carole DeSanti, known for her championing of independent, high-quality voices in women’s fiction as an editor at Penguin, has been clandestinely writing The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. for over a decade. She has been profiled in Poets & Writers’ magazine, published in the Women’s Review of Books, and awarded fellowships at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center and Hedgebrook.