Left Bank

Left Bank

Book - 2006
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Enter the world of Olivier and Madison Malin, the glittering inhabitants of Paris's most exclusive neighbourhood, the Left Bank. The Malins' life together with their daughter is the stuff of dreams - and carefully-selected celebrity magazines.

Madison is an American film star: her beauty, talent and perfect accent hiding hiding her Texan roots, and the fact she's just turned forty (although that actually happened several years ago). Her husband, Olivier, is the darling of the sophisticated Left Bank: philosopher, gourmand and media personality, he craves adoration (and is a little too willing to return it).

Everything seems perfect - if a touch pretentious - right up until the moment a new English nanny, Anna, appears at the imposing doors of their Rue du Bac apartment. Gamine and artless, Anna unwittingly sets in motion a chain of events that will gravely endanger the Malins' daughter and their charmed lives - in ways no-one could have foreseen...

Publisher: London : Review, 2006
ISBN: 9780755326969
Branch Call Number: FIC Muir
Characteristics: 309 p


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WVMLStaffPicks Jan 27, 2015

The glamourous marriage of an American actress and Parisian intellectual is crumbling under its perfectly posed facade. This entertaining, sardonic tale is packed with references to all things Parisian--actual stories, restaurants, parks, addresses, mores and behaviours. It was the perfect novel to take on a trip to Paris this summer, where I took photos of one of the places she mentions....

AuntJane Jun 28, 2013

I am 3/4 of the way through this book and find it so dull it is painful to read. I thought the book had promise - fashion, Paris, "it girls", nannies, vintage apparel, etc. There is no fashion involved - other than the author mentioning brand names here and there - and every character is, or becomes, unlikeable. This will probably be a candidate for the recycle bin.

Jan 01, 2011

This is an exquisitely written book that holds your attention to the end. It is the best book I have read for years.

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