Almost French

Sarah Turnbull

Read June 2005

I'm not generally one for (the non-fiction version of) chick lit, but this was an entertaining enough book for a short flight. Turnbull meets a Parisian, within a week decides to move to Paris, shacks up, and decides to make a go at a life in Paris. Much of the book is about her difficulties assimilating culturally, and some of it any immigrant can relate to. We learn relatively little about what would appear to be important details (her learning French, or the evolution of her relationship), which makes the book rather disjointed. I did, however, nearly burst out laughing when we were dining at the home of an older French couple earlier this summer, and essentially saw scenes from the book being played out. So, I guess, it's ``authentic''.