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Paris, Rue des Martyrs: A Novel by [Cimino, Adria J.]
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About the Author

Adria J. Cimino is the author of Amazon Best Selling novel Paris, Rue des Martyrs, as well as Close to Destiny, The Creepshow and A Perfumer's Secret. She also co-founded boutique publishing house Velvet Morning Press. Prior to jumping into the publishing world full time, she spent more than a decade as a journalist at news organizations including The AP and Bloomberg News.

Adria writes about her real-life adventures at AdriaJCimino.com and on Twitter @Adria_in_Paris. She lives in Paris with her husband Didier and daughter Phèdre. When she isn’t writing, you can find Adria at her neighborhood café watching the world go by.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4118 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Velvet Morning Press (5 Jan. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R84MN5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Do you like being a mystery?” he asked. “Are you doing this intentionally?”

“Sometimes I’m a mystery to myself.”

First, I’d like to thank Adria for sending me a free copy of her novel.

I enjoyed this read a lot. It’s set in the vignette style that I really like when it comes to fiction. It starts off as individual stories we are introduced to, and we see how they soon intertwine and become part of a larger tapestry.

And the characters: what a diverse bunch! As unlikeable as a couple of them were it was fascinating to encounter such a varied group. They were people going through real things all against the backdrop of the romantic Paris. It made me think about how everyone has a story, everyone has issues that they are dealing with that we never get to know. Getting to know more about the characters as the story progressed, trying to figure out how they are all connected was definitely fun; the unhappy mother of teens, the cheated-on girlfriend, the has-been actor, the child searching for secrets about his birth mother, to name a few. Very intriguing stories but believable at the same time.

It’s also a very “human” novel, i.e. one that tells human stories. And that’s what resonated with me while reading this book, the idea of stories, fears, trying to mask that fear by different methods, including affairs and such, having unmet dreams and desires.

As it’s France there’s a lot of what one would expect; romance, cafes, secrets, love affairs and art:

“Mira took this in with excited, inquisitive eyes, but she didn’t ask Septime to show her how to become an artist. Even back then, she realized that would have been silly. She quickly understood that she needed to find the way within herself.
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4 separate lives, 4 separate plots, artfully portrayed alongside each other as their stories unfold on Rue Des Martyrs.

Set in France, it involves stereotypical romance, cafes, secrets, love affairs and art, however this is a novel of human stories, with characters who draw you to them and as the four stories become one and lives connect, you realise that it is a cleverly written one too.

Be aware that you can't just read one more chapter, because apart from the novel drawing you in - you really need to read the chapters in blocks of four in order to keep up.
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Before I write what I think of “Paris, Rue des Martyrs,” I feel that I have to tell you that I come from a literature, linguistics & languages background so that everyone has an idea of the way I read this novel… (I’m not saying it to sound pretentious!)

I always read contemporary literary fiction with a rather critical eye. Having said that, when a story is flawless and you feel like plunging into it – page after page – even if you have read all of the classic big names on your bookshelves, you can still appreciate something fresh and new!

This is what I enjoyed the most about Adria J. Cimino’s novel:

First, the sequence of what we call “scénettes” in literature. One after the other, the book presents you a succession of scenes that keep the momentum at a fast pace. In that sense, it is almost impossible to put your e-reader down! I found myself saying aloud “Okay, one more chapter and I’ll take a break…” when in fact, you end up being so attached to the plot (or plots I should say) that your desire to finish the whole book will be stronger than you would think…

Now that the structure is set, “Paris, Rue des Martyrs” offers many aspects that I found while studying Balzac and Zola. Forget about the political aspect of these writers and focus on the way they viewed the society of their time. You’ll find hints of that in Cimino’s writing style. The way she describes her characters’ life, the way she has her reader getting (purposely) attached to some of them at different moments of the story, and at some other times she (the author) has you getting so angry and annoyed with the behavior of others.

And this brings me to my second point which is, according to me, the most interesting one: The author plays with her reader!
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So many characters with lives entwined and yet far apart, living so close and yet with know idea of their neighbours concerns, happiness or sadness. Although at times as we moved from one character and plot to the next I found myself having to think, who is this? And even getting muddled at times, I end this book quickly lapping it up and eager to know whether everyone would live happily ever after. Thankfully, more true to life than other fiction, not all will end as you expect.
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One of my favorite conventions of fiction is when a group of seemingly random characters, whose individual stories have already captivated me, begin to cross paths, their seemingly unrelated stories putting them in a position to change each others lives. So, the moment I began Adria Cimino’s exquisitely written Paris, Rue des Martyrs, I knew I was in for a treat.

Andre, the recently injured actor with the golden voice is struggling with the loss of his career and whether to accept the offer of a relationship from the son he abandoned. Cecile, the bored housewife, feels as though she is treading water, desperate for her own place in the world, until the promise of an unexpected romance enters the picture, shaking her world. Rafael, the Columbian emerald heir, flees tragedy to discover the secret about his birth mother. And Mira, the heartbroken artist, runs away from her cheating fiancé to find new love and a chance at reconciliation with her estranged brother.

The characters are so richly drawn that they come to life before you on the page, their paths winding and meandering around one another on the fateful, sometimes dark, sometimes glorious Rue des Martyrs.

I was in awe of the complexities and layers in the ways in which these characters are connected to one another and astonished by the depth of Cimino’s characters, complete with quirks and flaws that make them all the more real. She draws the relationships in this novel—both romantic and familial—in such believable ways that I found myself feeling as though I was following the lives—and discovering the secrets—of good friends.

This is a story of love, loss, redemption, and, most of all, living life on your own terms. I highly, highly recommend it!
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