Paris Without Her

Knopf. Apr. 2021. 256p. ISBN 9780525657620. $24.95. MEMOIR
In this latest work, Curtis (The Cave Painters) takes readers along on his various journeys to Paris and its unique charm. Yet it is a story of grief, remembering his wife, after her death from cancer. Under the effects of time and love, memories of humdrum daily life are taken over by the glittering moments, of which this couple had many. They took any chance to steal away from their everyday life and travel to Paris, and the author continues to do so, often with the memory of his wife traveling alongside him. Written with sometimes spontaneous prose as memories resurface from time to time, as well as with clear-eyed recollections, this captivating book will delight readers by sweeping them from locale to locale within the City of Light. Curtis’s personal anecdotes and historic tidbits are written with a genuine tenderness and journalistic eye throughout.
VERDICT Although slated as a memoir, this touching work is just as much a love story and travel diary. It processes the pain of loss through the lens of beautiful scenery and will appeal to many readers, but especially fellow Francophiles eager to follow the road less traveled.
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