Book: Een dame in Parijs (The Velvet Hours) – Alyson Richman
This time I will write about a book which will be published tomorrow in the Netherlands “Een dame in Parijs (The Velvet Hours) – Alyson Richman.
The English version,”The Velvet Hours”, will be published September 2016.
I couldn’t wait for this book, because of the subject. Earlier, I wrote about the apartment which was discovered after 70 years. This books is based on the owner of this apartment, Marthe de Florian and her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron (who is the writer of Gloria 1971). There is no more information available about her, a little mysterie.
As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young French woman closes the door to her late grandmother’s treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return.
An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. As Marthe’s tale unfolds, like velvet itself, stitched with its own shadow and light, it helps to guide Solange on her own path.
Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother’s legacy behind to save all that she loved.
I read two books about Marthe de Florian: A Parisian Apartment by Michelle Gable and The Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey. Now I am very curious about the theory of Alyson Richman. Because of privacy reasons, there is no information available about what really happened (I can imagine that, but I am very interesting in the question why Solange Beaugiron never returned to the apartment!). I am also interesting what happened to the apartment after it was discovered. Is it being sold? What did they exactly found? What happened to these things? We know about the painting of Marthe de Florian by Giovanni Boldini, it was auctioned for 3 million euros (!) and the dressing table was auctioned too, but the other things…the dresses, the books, the perfume bottles, it was a really time capsule what they discovered. Where are they?
I had to be patient, I think. Maybe, once, it will be published what really happened…It is a good story for a movie I think!
Will you read this book?