Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris 1932: A Novel
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is NOT required
This, the latest book by the best-selling author and novelist Francine Prose, is a departure from anything she has done before.The novel takes its name and impetus from a notorious image by the celebrated Hungarian photographer known as Brassaï: one depicting a couple in a Paris nightclub—two women at a table, one dressed as a man.
It is the cross-dressing woman in the picture, Lou Villars (based partly on the real-life woman in the photograph,Violette Morris) who becomes the central figure in Prose’s complex narrative, told from many points of view. An athlete who parlays the Bohemian vogue for gender-blurring into a series of unconventional career moves—nightclub performer, racecar driver and, ultimately, Nazi collaborator—Lou comes to embody a dark vision of Europe in the 1930s.
Prose is the author of many books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. Her novel, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. She is the president of PEN American Center.
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