New & notable: ‘A Paris Apartment’

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A Paris


by Michelle Gable

Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99

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Michelle Gable is a financial executive who is a writer at heart. Now, she’s got the debut novel to prove it.

The inspiration for A Paris Apartment began in 2010 when Gable’s agent sent her an intriguing article with the note: “I think you can do something with this.” A real-life Parisian flat, abandoned for 70 years, its contents frozen in time? Absolutely, she could.

The novel follows April Vogt, a continental furniture specialist for Sotheby’s, on the assignment of a lifetime. She’s sent to Paris to evaluate the contents of the long-untouched apartment of Marthe de Florian, whom April gets to know through Marthe’s descriptive journals and letters about life in France in the early 1900s. Digging into the apartment’s secrets and its flamboyant former occupant offers an escape for April from her messy life back home.

Gable has a sense of humor, too. On Goodreads, she posted: “I guess you have to rate your own book 5-stars, sort of like you have to think your kids are cute.”

— Celeste Williams

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