This anthology called “An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light” is a collection of stories by various authors. These short stories are either fiction or non-fiction (personal experiences while living or visiting Paris) and they sure work well together.
The stories cover all aspects (some you might not expect) of the great city of Light which includes food, wine, romance and general life in Paris. There are funny anecdotes about the food, the difficulty in getting a driver’s license in Paris and where else will advertisement to cheat be “acceptable”? (want a mistress? Much easier to find in Paris, because it’s an organized business!). Talking about mistresses and cheating, one of the stories I loved was “Half Past Midnight”, about a heartbroken young lady who is about to do something stupid because her boyfriend has cheated on her and she is saved by the appearance of her deceased twin brother. The story I found both magical and mysterious and illustrates to us that maybe, just maybe those who are no longer with us are watching over us. But back to the reason why I highlighted this story… Guess what’s the name of “the other woman”? (I quote: “Those evenings were called Melinda!”)
Although I loved the silly anecdotes (visiting Paris without drinking wine or with a homesick girl) I also enjoyed the romantic stories –a romantic meeting on a bridge, stories about love and loss. Being heartbroken in the city of love, but finding a way to move on and the lovely story of an old lady who strews the remains of her dead husband all over Paris. Romantic stories that either warms your heart or breaks it. Stories all told by authors who have either lived or visited Paris and are sharing with us all the wonderful and weird things that you can see on the streets of Paris. Here I walk my dog, in Paris they walk their bunny rabbits! A delightful read that I doubt you will regret picking up.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Velvet Morning Press, for review consideration