NEW YORK CITY (PRWEB) January 12, 2013
A searing portrait of a relationship that almost never was, Francesca Cernia Slovin’s “Paris at Night, A Love Story” gives an unflinching glance at the fulcrum where the dynamics of desire and the mandates of art reach a tremulous equilibrium called hope, called grace, and ultimately love.
By all accounts, Susan had a full life—a successful marriage of more than twenty years, two grown sons in prestigious colleges, dear, lifelong friends, and a career as an artist that brought her creative satisfaction and growing critical attention. Her comfortable life lay before her certain and steadfast like a straight, Midwestern highway receding into the horizon without a curve in sight. Despite spending her time between an Upper East Side apartment, a cottage in the Hamptons, and summer in the south of France, such a life might be considered unsurprising and predictable, but as Susan and the rest of the world learned on September 11, 2011, some unexpected events are world-shattering. So what was she to make of her chance encounter in Paris with the elegant and elusive Robert, an Englishman of impeccable chivalry and irresistible allure? Would his unforeseen entrance into her life bring devastating consequences or would it enrich it in ways she could never have imagined? Would Robert fill a void she had been blind to, or would he tear apart the family she had worked so tenaciously to build? As a sculptor, Susan was used to giving shape to her works as she had to her life, to clearly seeing a distinct form in the midst of the indistinct mass of material, but after meeting Robert, all she could see clearly was that their encounter, whatever the outcome, would change the shape of their lives forever.
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About the Author
This is Francesca Cernia Slovin’s first novel. She has previously published both scholarly articles in the genre of “historical fiction”, recreating the thoughts and lives of Rousseau, Warburg, and the young pioneers who helped found the State of Israel. The Last Walk: Life and Death of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Obsessed by Art: Aby Warburg, His Life and Legacy, and Eretz Israel: A Seed of Time, all translated from the Italian into English, have also been published by Xlibris. She has taught philosophy, literature, visual art, and culture at The New School and at Cornell University, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College.
Paris at Night * by Francesca Cernia Slovin
Publication Date: 11/7/2012
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