Item description for Failing Paris by Samantha Dunn...
FAILING PARIS is the story of a week in the life of Sabine Wilcox, the 19-year-old student who has left the stifling rural existence of the Southwest in exchange for a year in Paris. But the City of Lights offers her no refuge. With only one week to address a dire problem, Sabine's past and present painfully collide. Her life intertwines with two men who prove to be more, and less, than what they first appeared.
Nominated for the PEN/West Fiction prize, this is a first novel by a young master whose work must not be overlooked
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Samantha Dunn is the author of "Not by Accident "and the novel "Failing Paris," which was a finalist for the PEN/West Award. Her writing has appeared in the" Los Angeles Times, InStyle, Shape, Self," and numerous other national publications. She lives in Southern California.
Samantha Dunn currently resides in Los Angeles. Samantha Dunn was born in 1975.
Reviews - What do customers think about Failing Paris?
Paris on the Edge Nov 12, 2007
This is a wonderful, if hard-edged, story of one young woman's experience in Paris. Unlike the myriad books out there painting a rosy picture of (name any European country here), this portrait is more intimate, more gritty, and much better written than most you will find in your local bookstore.
Here, the character is unsure, struggling to find herself, some friends, and her way in the world. She hides a lot from others and herself on this journey of discovery, but each scene is truthful, compelling you to go on. This is a coming of age book, with all the clouds of vacuousness gone. It's the real story of a real American girl in Paris, lumps and all. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
Compelling story and great writing Mar 25, 2007
This novel written by an author best known for her nonfiction/memoirs is a totally engaging coming of age story. This is a quietly spectacular novel about a brief but life-defining moment for Sabine, a young American exchange student in Paris. Struggles in class, language and culture, and the juxtaposition of personal history with the present, are the makings of this character-driven story, and it makes for a wonderful read. One of the themes that makes this a haunting and relatable story is the loneliness of a young person making adult decisions and living with the consequences. I found myself thinking about it for a long time the book was finished.
Paris in the eyes of ..... reality Mar 27, 2003
Apart from the "gripping" (boy is that word overused in book reviews) style, and an intense feeling of integrity, this book offers humorus/morbid insights to everyday life, through a not so regular week in the life of an american exchange student, trapped in a not so romantic paris. I found it very enjoyable.
Better than The Pleasing Hour by Lily King Aug 10, 2002
Paris is usually written about in novels as romantic, luminous, but here it's grey, rainy, dangerous, claustrophobic--and thus, a revelation. On scholarship from Los Cruces, NM, Sabine is trying to fit in, to escape her lower middle class background, but can she ever really learn French so well that she *is* French? Powerful, gripping, hypnotic--and beautifully written.
Intense, artistic and spellbinding Jun 20, 2001
A gritty taste of reality told by an author whose command of the English language is a thing of beauty. Samantha Dunn tells the story of a young woman caught in a crisis without anyone to turn to in a land that can never up to her expectations. I was compelled to turn the page and see this girl face difficult hardships, intense loneliness, and moral dilemmas that would test any resolve. I was surprised that I cared so deeply for the character of Sabine and her journey to become a woman. An amazing book written by an amazing author.