Shakespeare professor (as Mary Bly) and romance novelist Eloisa James takes a yearlong sabbatical and moves from New Jersey to Paris with her husband (Alessandro, a professor and an Italian knight) and two children (Luca, 15 and Anna, 11).
It’s difficult to describe this book. It’s a memoir. A travelogue. A love letter to the City of Light. A chronicle of everyday family occurrences. But it’s done in such a way that draws you in and makes you feel as if you’re there alongside Eloisa and her family in Paris. Anna will steal your heart. The antics of Milo, the family dog, will leave you chuckling.
The book grew out of Facebook status updates posted during her year abroad. Each chapter starts with a brief essay and is followed by short vignettes. Some are only a few sentences long; others are lengthy paragraphs. It works.
The writing is eloquent and witty. Although the format lends itself to reading in short spurts, you won’t want to put this book down!
Watch the author and her husband discuss the book and see some of Luca’s snapshots of Paris in this YouTube video.