After Paris begins like an episode of Gossip Girl. Teenage sons and daughters of the great and good have descended upon Paris for the grandest Debutante event in Europe. And this is how Alice, Nina and Jules met. The start of an unlikely friendship that has lasted for 20 years. No matter what life throws in their way they always agree to meet up in Paris every year and spend one valuable weekend together.
Except this year is different. All three women head to Paris together on the Eurostar train but end up taking separate trains back home at the end of the weekend. What happened on the trip that sees their lasting friendships torn asunder?
Nicole Kennedy has crafted a surprising novel. At the beginning I was expecting it to be quite light and frothy – more in the vein of Gossip Girl – but she has a surprise up her sleeve and After Paris becomes the ultimate expose of the women’s friendships and their other relationships.
Each friend gets to tell the tale from their point of view and all of these scenes are woven together as each believes themselves to have been betrayed by the others. Life causes their paths to diverge quite differently and it is nearly always not the way that they had intended. After Paris is a fascinating book that will make you think about the girls and your own friendships long after you’ve closed the cover.
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UK publication date: Jul 21 2022. 320 pages.
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