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Monday, October 19, 2015

READ THIS: La Petite Parisienne by Mover & Shaker Andrew Serra Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

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It's not who you know, it's Whom You Know and we are delighted to know Mover and Shaker Andrew Serra!  We reviewed his inaugural novel here; La Petite Parisienne is his second.

La Petite Parisienne does for Paris what Andrew Serra's first book, The Dead Forentines, did for Italy. History, living and breathing in everyday lives, brings more of a feel for a culture than any guide book could. Mr. Serra traces the cobblestoned byways of 19th C. Paris with a fervor for research and tiny details of everyday lives. Not of the rich and famous, and far from Marie Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting, La Petite Parisienne covers a segment of the life of Olivie, a little girl caught in the midst of La Revolution and its aftermath. Details unearthed by Mr. Serra will whet your appetite for more, and an insider's look at the catacombs of Paris is now on my bucket list. Small wonders, the children of the Revolution and how they lived. Their lives parallel with the street urchins of Dickensian London; they know the streets of their city and its underbelly. This is the perfect book to pick up for your next plane ride, and a total must if you're on your way to Paris. It's a great, fast read and the characters an interesting and motley crew.

Andrew Serra’s La Petite Parisienne is a wonderfully sensual blend of sights, sounds, and smells in Paris during the Revolution: the chicanery in the Les Halles marketplace, the clopping of horses on the rues of Paris, and the contents of chamber pots raining from windows above. The vividness of the Serra’s characters adds to the novel’s plot, giving us a sympathetic look at the social transformation of the epoch. It is truly rewarding to read an author who prides himself on meticulous research. If you’re not a Francophile, you might need to look up an occasional word in a French dictionary. But La Petite Parisienne is certainly a perfect read (476 pages) for any cool autumn day with a cup of tea, as you get lost in the history of “la plus belle ville du monde.”

A very compelling read. With a slow and steady start the author allows the reader to become familiar with the characters, and as the conflict between the Royalists and Revolutionaries heats up, the suspense sharpens with the many twists and turns through through the rues of Paris, 1793. Seen through the eyes of the petite Parisienne, Olivie and her young comrade Jacques and heard through the songs of the legendary Chansonnier, this epic tale will sweep you along on an unforgettable journey to include love, betrayal and redemption.

La Petite Parisienne is Recommended by Whom You Know!


The French Revolution has brought young Jacques and Olivie together even as the world around them erupts in violent upheaval. The children become fascinated with a popular street singer and his song about the infamous chevalier Armand Dourienne. As Jacques and Olivie discover more secrets behind the legend of Dourienne, revolutionary fervor and their own family histories endanger them both. The peril that descends upon them leads to the birth of a new legend, the legend of La Petite Parisienne. 

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; ISBN-13: 978-1514176542

Available on Amazon, Kindle, and other outlets. Wholesale by Ingram.

About the Author
Andrew Serra lives in New York City with his wife and two children. He has traveled throughout France and Italy and earned a master’s degree in Italian Literature. His first novel, The Dead Florentines, was released in 2013 and he has been published in GQ Italia. 

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