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Failing Paris [Kindle Edition]

Samantha Dunn
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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"FAILING PARIS is exactly the kind of book I'm always looking for--something sophisticated, edgy, sexy and really beautifully written." -- JANET FITCH, author of WHITE OLEANDER

"FAILING PARIS is the kind of novel that seems polished of every extraneous word, shaped like a bullet for velocity." -- LOS ANGELES TIMES

"The prose is precise, captivating, and the obvious reason for the book's nomination for the PEN/West award." -- THE TLS, LONDON

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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 American Southwest in exchange for a year in Paris. But the City of Light 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 both more, and less, than they first appeared.This is a first novel by a young writer whose work must not be overlooked.Nominated for the PEN USA/West FICTION PRIZE 2000

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 599 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (Dec 13 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069INUU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, artistic and spellbinding June 20 2001
Format:Hardcover
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than The Pleasing Hour by Lily King Aug. 10 2002
Format:Hardcover
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Life June 19 2001
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Format:Hardcover
Samantha Dunn gives us a true vision. It is the view of a character that embodies all of our own self-doubt, risk-taking, self-destruction, re-evaluation, and eventual reformation whenever we find ourselves thrust into a situation far from our comfortable front porch. A view of a young person struggling to find the correct/moral/survivable path when faced with a personal crisis far from home...
This first novel speaks very forcefully to those of Dunn's generation, with images/questionings easily taken from their own life, resonating with their own personal trauma at being born at this particular point in history in this country that is struggling to find an artful way of living in the blur of post-TV white noise, and global culture babel.
The fact that this is a first novel, makes us glad for those to follow. Truly a contribution to the art that makes our lives worth more than the sum of our daily activities.
Read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, artistic amd spellbinding. Nov. 9 1999
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Format:Hardcover
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 measure 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 writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, artistic amd spellbinding. Nov. 9 1999
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Format:Hardcover
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 measure 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 writer.
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