Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (November 13, 2012)
In 1921, the Gilded Age is drawing to a close, but not aboard the great ocean liner, the Paris, on its way from Le Havre to New York. On this maiden voyage of the massive ship three very different women have come aboard. And although they come from different generations and walks of life their lives will nevertheless intersect and demonstrate the power of chance encounters.
Amidst the luxurious wood paneling and plush carpets of first class is the aging Vera Sinclair, who has made the decision to return to Manhattan after thirty years in Paris. In second class, Constance Stone revels in the unaccustomed freedom as she returns from a brief, failed mission to Paris to her home in Massachusetts, where her adored little daughters and dull professor husband await. And on the stifling noisy lowest deck below the waterline, young Le Havre native Julie Vernet tests her wings in her first job – unenviably serving meals in the steering class dining room.
CROSSING ON THE PARIS is a magnificent and unforgettable read that captures the magic of the 1920s and life abroad grand ships, like the Paris.
It's 1921 and three women from very different backgrounds are aboard the ocean liner, the Paris on it's maiden voyage from Le Havre, France to New York. Journey along with these ladies who keep crossing paths on the five days of this trans-Atlantic adventure.
Vera Sinclair is traveling in first class. She is a wealthy, elderly woman whom unfortunately is dying of breast cancer. She's an American who has lived in Paris for 30 years. However, now she's decided to return to New York to spend the short time she has left.
Constance Stone, a not-so-happily married mother of three young children is traveling in second class. She is headed home alone to care for her mother, whose health is failing. She unsuccessfully tried to talk her sister who lives in Paris into coming home with her to help.
Julie Vernet spent all of her life living in poverty in France. She has also endured the loss of all of her older brothers in the first World War. However, now she is determined to focus on herself and starting a new life as a maid on the liner in third class.
A page turner, this Novel is filled with emotion along life's difficult voyage.
About the Author..
Dana Gynther was raised in St Louis, Missouri and Auburn, Alabama. She has a BA from the University of Alabama in Political Science and French and an MA in French Literature.
She has lived in France and currently lives in Valencia, Spain, where both she and her husband Carlos are teachers and translators. They have two daughters, Claudia and Lucia. Crossing on the Paris is her first novel.
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