This is a memoir for anyone who has ever fallen in love in Paris, or with Paris - and for anyone who has ever had their heart broken or their life upended.
In this remarkably honest memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Kati Marton presents an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss. Paris is at the heart of this deeply moving account. At every stage of her life, Paris offers Marton beauty and excitement, and now, after the sudden death of her husband, Richard Holbrooke, it offers a chance for a fresh beginning.
With intimate and nuanced portraits of Peter Jennings, the man to whom she was married for 15 years and with whom she had two children, and Richard, with whom she found enduring love, Marton paints a vivid account of an adventuresome life in the stream of history. Inspirational and deeply human, Paris: A Love Story will touch every generation.
Kati Marton is the author of several books, including Enemies of the People, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and the subject of an upcoming motion picture, and the New York Times best seller Hidden Power, among others. She is an award-winning former correspondent for NPR and ABC News. She lives in New York City.
"A great read - the lightness of love, the drama of war and sudden death - with Paris in the background." (Diane von Furstenberg)
"I stayed up last night and read this book cover to cover. I can’t remember the last time I did that. It is wonderful - touching, romantic, and honest - and oh, how it made me want to go to Paris!" (Barbara Walters)
"Kati Marton has written movingly about her love, loss, and the healing power of an elegant city. She takes readers on a journey, as she writes, to find a place where there is joy in remembered joy." (Diane Sawyer)
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MLF: Must Love French
- Pamela Harvey
I Had a Change of Heart
I quickly accepted the narrator's voice as the author's … except for her rather stilted French pronunciations, which seemed to have been coached, and almost set off in audible quotes, rather than the voice of a woman who has spoken French nearly all her life. But that was a rather minor distraction.
Kati Marton's account of her love life, both in and out of Paris, rings true. She presents her story warts and all. Now maybe some things Kati did -- like taking off at Christmas leaving her children with her sister, after just telling them she is splitting up with their father, to go for a spur of the moment trip around France with a man she barely knew -- she doesn't regard as shameful, but maybe she does and in either case I respect her for including such details. There are a number of incidents like that which I would have been tempted to not to reveal in a memoir, but she does and in doing so offers a more honest account of herself and her life.
The memoir opens with a quick visit to Paris -- Kati arriving from the US, Richard from his diplomatic mission in Iraq -- which happens to be, unbeknownst to them, their last time together in the City of Love. I almost stopped listening to the story at this point, ready to request a refund. I found Kati's account so smug and self-satisfied and their perfect little marriage so obviously a fairy tale that I turned to the internet to learn more about this unpleasant woman. But finding more evidence of her ambition and social-climbing made me change my mind about a refund. Instead I decided to start the story over again, in the hopes of coming across more examples of her awfulness, for the pure joy of feeling superior -- and yes I did find lots more evidence, but somewhere along the line my envy and dislike melted away and I began to feel interested in and compassionate toward this woman and her story. Is she someone I would ever trust, or be close friends with? Probably not. Would I want a woman like this for my mother? As a model for putting my own needs first, Yes!! Is she someone I would admire and respect -- at least for her drive and hard work? Definitely. I learned a lot from her tale and am glad I stuck with it.
I originally chose this book to learn more about France and Paris, and was quite satisfied on this account. I have taken note of many of the little shops and hidden corners that are mentioned throughout and intend to pay a visit the next time I am in Paris.