Sagan, Paris 1954 is a story about a young woman who writes a novel. That author is Francoise Sagan. Her novel is Bonjour Tristesse. Within Sagan, Paris 1954, Anne Berest brings to life Francoise Sagan’s journey from unknown teenager trying to find a publisher for her novel to the toast of the French literary scene within a year. Berest breathes life into Francoise Sagan’s character. Sagan is, at times, an average teenager on the cusp of adulthood then at other times seemingly wise beyond her eighteen years. Berest draws her sketches from Sagan’s writings, interviews, letters, and interviews with those who knew Francoise Sagan.
Naomi Bowes was a normal 12-year-old hoping for a bike for her birthday. But the night she followed her father into the woods behind her home, hoping to sneak a peek of her gift, she stumbled upon a horrible truth that would change her life forever. That night, Naomi freed the woman trapped inside her father’s root cellar, and that was only the beginning of a very different life. Soon, her family would learn of the extent of her father’s depravity, and he would become notorious.
Fast forward many years, and Naomi has made a living as a photographer. Afraid that others will discover the truth about her identity and her father, she moves from place to place, and creates walls between herself and others so that they can’t really get to know her or her past.
Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz
It is the most wonderful surprise to select a book to read because you think it’s about one particular topic, only to discover that it’s also about several other topics, all of which happen to coincide with your own particular passions. Such is the case with this book for me.
Early flight is of interest to me as I have an interest in all things mechanical. A few years ago, a girlfriend from high school (more years ago than either of us wants to admit) asked me to help her write a book about her experiences. Kay had been a pilot, which came as an interesting surprise to me, as we’d lost touch through