I’m thrilled to announce the release of my new book “There’s Only One Paris“! A hybrid book of stories taking place in Paris in these very peculiar times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Tales of love, life, hope and more! Learn more about the book below.
There’s Only One Paris – An Exciting Journey to Today’s Paris
“There’s only one Paris, and however hard living here may be, and if it became worse and even harder, [the city does] a world of good.” — Vincent van Gogh.
In the midst of a global pandemic, the artist’s words resonate more than ever. Through a series of interconnected stories, we journey to this Paris for a glimpse at how it and its residents are adapting to the “new normal.” As we traverse Paris’s 20 arrondissements, we encounter an eclectic cast of characters who must confront a range of new challenges and emotions provoked by the Covid-19. By daring to overcome anxiety, loneliness and stubbornness, they find courage, love and—most importantly, hope—exactly what we need in these uncertain times. In the face of adversity, the City of Light always sparkles—and proves it does a world of good.
A Project Born out of the Pandemic
There’s Only One Paris was born in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. When international travel was restricted in mid-March 2020, millions of Paris lovers were kept from coming to their favorite city. To help transport them to it virtually, while also getting involved in the process, I started writing weekly ‘participatory’ short stories.
At the beginning of the project, readers sent in their favorite places and things to do in Paris. One of these locations was selected every week and readers once again had the chance to share their impressions or memories of it, whether it be their favorite artworks at the Louvre or the Musée d’Orsay or what they love about Montmartre or the Marais. These would then serve as the inspiration for the fictive tales.
The project has evolved greatly since its incarnation, however, the initial objective always remained the same; to bring Paris vividly to life while providing inspiration and motivation during these very peculiar and difficult times. Paris can be our beacon, our guide, our North Star to get through the pandemic.
Happy Reading everyone!