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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Hushion House (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190288101X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902881010
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 17.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 417 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,909,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Samantha Dunn was raised in northern New Mexico and spent years in Australia and France. She is a widely published American journalist, contributing to a number of magazines and newspapers in the United States.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank McKenzie on 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 By Lev Raphael on 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 By A Customer on June 19 2001
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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By A Customer on Nov. 9 1999
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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By A Customer on Nov. 9 1999
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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