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Paris for One and Other Stories

Pamela Dorman: Viking. Oct. 2016. 239p. ISBN 9780735221079. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780735221192. F
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The latest from Moyes (Me Before You) is a collection made up of the title novella plus an additional eight stories. Even those who think they don't like short stories will be charmed by this volume. The tone is light throughout, held together by a general theme of women finding themselves, either through leaving relationships, discovering new ones, or appreciating the ones they have. The title story provides the perfect visit to the world of every romantic movie you've ever watched. As this collection is releasing for the holiday book season, the final story takes place at Christmastime, with a busy woman trying to finish her shopping with the help of a London cabbie. The conclusion is unexpected and witty, with a touch of melancholy, which may just describe the feel of the whole book.
VERDICT This brief but entertaining anthology, told with Moyes's patented mix of romance and gentle social commentary, sticks closely to the feel of her previous works, so current fans will be greatly satisfied. Also recommended for genre readers who are looking for something short and sweet. [See Prepub Alert, 5/23/16.]

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