|Posted on February 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM|
Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod is being released today, February 4th. On its surface this memoir is about a woman traveling to a foreign country to find herself. Delving deeper, it conveys the necessity to remain true to ourselves, and never neglect the maintenance our life sometimes requires us to perform.
Janice is thirty-four and finds herself in a job she dislikes, lonely, and not having much luck with dating. She realizes she wants to be an artist and, taking advice she read in a book, begins writing in a journal hoping the answers will come to her. They do. One day after writing a long rant about her job, she asks, “’How much money does it take to quit your job?’”
Once she decides on a sum, she saves wherever she can: cutting down on groceries by becoming vegan, collecting and using spare change, and earning extra money by selling her artwork on Etsy. And then she begins eliminating all those small things that weigh heavy on her: she cleans out her closet and underwear drawer, pays off credit cards, organizes her finances, and donates many of her belongings like books and CDs.
When she finally arrives in Paris, it isn’t long before she meets—and falls for—Christophe, a butcher who looks like Daniel Craig. As she jump-starts her career as an artist, she must also figure out how this new love can fit into her new life.
I enjoyed reading the author’s descriptions of Paris, her struggles and successes with the language barrier, and her honest and endearing telling of the blossoming relationship with the butcher.
Above all, I loved reading a memoir in which the author’s voice is genuine and accessible; it is written by a woman who took charge of her life with both strength and humility when she found it was no longer fulfilling—I admire and respect that, and it was lovely reading how it all unfolded and came together in the end.
Janice is having a photo contest! She will turn the winner’s travel photo into a one-of-a-kind watercolor painting. The details are below! Good luck
I received an advanced e-book copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Categories: Books/Book Reviews