Enter to Win 13, Rue Therese, by Elena Mauli Shapiro

February 16, 2011 by admin  
Filed under Featured Author, Featured This Week


Trevor Stratton is an American professor and translator, newly arrived at a Paris university. There, in his office, he discovers a box filled with letters, photographs, and antique objects—a beautiful pair of gloves, a rosary, a silk scarf. Whose life is preserved here? And who has left this mystery for him to find?

The artifacts tell the story of the box’s owner, Louise Brunet, who lived in Paris through both world wars. Trevor is captivated by her tale; her unruly love for a cousin who died in WWI, her comfortable marriage to a man who works for her father, and her passionate attraction to a neighbor in her building at 13, rue Thérèse. But the artifacts tell just a part of the story. Trevor almost deliriously envisions the rest, consumed by thoughts of Louise. Or is it Josianne, his alluring assistant, who rules his imagination?

Memory, passion, and the mysteries of time are entwined in this enthralling novel, a book that transports us not just to Paris but into the mysteries of the past. Elena Mauli Shapiro’s first novel is a masterly exploration, intimate and dramatic, of the stories we imagine about others’ lives and the truths those stories reveal about ourselves.

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Elena Mauli Shapiro grew up in Paris, and currently lives in California with her husband. She has amassed literature and writing degrees in and around the Bay Area (Stanford, Mills, Davis). Visit the website for her novel 13 rue Thérèse at 13ruetherese.com and her author site.

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5 Responses to “Enter to Win 13, Rue Therese, by Elena Mauli Shapiro”
  1. Susan Stokes says:

    I was just reading about “13 Rue Therese” and would love to win…Memory,Passion,and the Mysteries of time.How can I not read it?…Will pass the word on about the Book on twitter,I am a follower and on BN…Will go on MY TBR..as well..Good Luck to all..,

  2. LuAnn Morgan says:

    This is the first I’ve heard of this book and it sounds fascinating.

    I’m a subscriber.

  3. anne says:

    I am captivated with this wonderful novel. The background and history makes this story captivating and special.

  4. Barbara Bibel says:

    Having lived in France for two years, one in Paris, this is most enticing. It sounds like a fascinating book. I would love to read it. I will suggest it to my colleague who buys finction for our public library.

  5. Carol Wong says:

    Sounds like a very intriguing book.


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