A few years ago I bought a trade sized copy of Laura Florand’s first book, “Blame it on Paris.” In it, she describes her year long stay in the City of Light as she studied French Literature, met a handsome Frenchman and began to fall in love. Then comes the hilarious recounting of what they did next after her return to the States, the endless expensive long distance phone calls, her relocation back to Paris, disappointing attempts to find a good job then eventual translocation of both of them to the American South followed by their four weddings. Yes, their four weddings.
As I thought back on my reading experience of the book, I remembered the bus driver charged by her friends with making sure she didn’t skip out of meeting Sebastien for their first date, her trial by salad stirring to prove her worthiness after meeting her future in-laws, Sebastien’s cat and their tiny, one room broom closet Parisian apartment, how he managed to win over his future gun loving brothers in law, his friend’s comments about the “Welcome to Georgia” road sign, Laura’s in-laws’ introduction to an American swamp – with alligators! and Walmart, the correct size to cut tomatoes for the perfect kabob – “no, no those are too big” followed by “why are you cutting them so small?”, and the importance of knowing the Lord’s Prayer in French before attempting a wedding with a cantankerous French priest.
When she contacted me about the mass market release of the book, complete with a new cover which both of us dislike – dolman sleeves on a Frenchman?, I readily agreed to a giveaway promotion. What we need from you is a comment on your favorite, or least favorite, personal experience in Paris or specific details on why you would want to visit there. Think beyond a simple travelogue of sights to see. Three random posters will win their own copy (you can pick either edition) of Laura’s real life description of how she met and married her own handsome (I’ve seen pictures of him!) Frenchman. The giveway is limited to US readers due to cost of postage.