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Description - Paris Dreaming by Anita Heiss

I'm telling you now- I'm never having another boyfriend - ever!

'I'm telling you now- I'm never having another boyfriend - ever!'

Libby is on a man-fast- no more romance, no more cheating men, no more heartbreak. After all, she has her three best girlfriends and two cats to keep her company at night and her high-powered job at the National Aboriginal Gallery in Canberra to occupy her day - isn't that enough?

But when fate takes Libby to work in Paris at the Musee du Quai Branly, she's suddenly thrown out of her comfort zone and into a city full of culture, fashion and love. Surrounded by thousands of attentive men, nude poets, flirtatious baristas and smooth-tongued lotharios, romance has suddenly become a lot more tempting.

On top of it all, there's a chauvinist colleague at the Musee who challenges Libby's professional ability and diplomatic skills. Then there's Libby's new friend Sorina, a young Roma gypsy, desperate to escape deportation.

Libby must protect her work record and her friend, but can she protect herself from a broken heart?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741668933
ISBN-10: 174166893X
Format: Paperback / softback
(232mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Bantam
Publisher: Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2011
Country of Publication: Australia

Book Reviews - Paris Dreaming by Anita Heiss

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Book Review: Paris Dreaming by Anita Heiss - Reviewed by (29 Oct 2011)

'Paris Dreaming' is perfect, light holiday reading interspersed with interesting accounts of Aboriginal art and artists.

Libby enjoys her job as a curator of Aboriginal art in Canberra and she has lots of girl-friends. She feels that she's in a bit of rut and going through a self-imposed 'man-fast', however, and gets herself a position at the prestigious Musee de Quai Branly in Paris.

Here Libby meets a sleezy Frenchman who wants to paint her, another Frenchman who sweeps her off her feet, and sophisticated friends who take her under her wing. They introduce her to delicious macaroons, Paris department stores, and a cultural extravaganza a world away from Australia. Here Libby learns how to be elegant Elizabeth rather than casual Libby. She also realises the true meaning of love.

Libby is a delightful heroine - charming and amusing. The hero is also likeable. There are lots of episodes and comments in the book which will make most women laugh or chuckle.

This book also made me interested in visiting Canberra again - I only stayed one night there when I was 11!

I will read more books by Anita Heiss.

Book Review: Paris Dreaming by Anita Heiss - Reviewed by (24 May 2011)

Author Anita Heiss cleverly weaves her strong views on Aboriginal art and women into her ‘chick-lit’ narrative in Paris Dreaming. The novel’s heroine Libby Cutmore is through with men! She wants to focus on her career, friends and Carrie Bradshaw-like addiction to shoes. Libby is off to Paris for five months to open a temporary exhibition of Aboriginal art in the Musée du Quai Branly. Amidst the wine, cheese, bread, coffee and chocolate diet Libby makes her mark on Paris both professionally and personally; though her promise to stay away from men is impossible to keep in the ‘city of love’. There is the artist who wants to paint her nude, the fling she finds in the bath with a young, blonde skeleton, and another black fella from Australia who tries to win her heart. The writing is strong, laugh-out-loud funny and utterly relatable. Also being set in Canberra (my home town) has changed my opinion that Canberra is such a boring place to live; though it doesn’t really compare to Paris. I highly recommend this book to any woman who wants to laugh, cry and feel the sisterly spirit of knowing we are not alone in having our hearts broken.


Author Biography - Anita Heiss

Anita is a writer, poet, activist, social commentator and academic. She is the author of Yirra and her deadly dog, Demon, I'm not racist, but... , My Story- the diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, and a series of chick lit novels including Not Meeting Mr Right and Paris Dreaming. Her work has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Young People's History Prize and she has won the DEADLY award for writing a number of times. She is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, but grew up in Matraville, Sydney.

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