Belle Epoque

By Elizabeth Ross

Whilst Maude Pichon runs clear of provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic desires vanish as speedy as her discounts. determined for paintings, she solutions an strange advert. The Durandeau organisation offers its consumers with a distinct service—the attractiveness foil. rent a simple buddy and turn into immediately extra attractive.
   Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from filthy rich socialites, and while the Countess Dubern wishes a better half for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the right adornment of plainness. 
   Isabelle has no inspiration her new "friend" is the employed aid, and Maude's very lifestyles one of the aristocracy hinges on her maintaining the reality a mystery. but the extra she learns approximately Isabelle, the extra her loyalty is confirmed. And the longer her deception keeps, the extra she has to lose.  
   The paperback of Belle Epoque has fresh content material that features a translation and prolonged author's word concerning the brief tale by means of Emile Zola that encouraged the book.

A William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist

A Junior Library Guild Selection

“Both touching and enjoyable, it is a tale approximately many things—true friendship, actual good looks, being stuck among worlds—and it's going to pride lovers of old fiction.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“A refreshingly suitable and encouraging old venture.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A compelling tale approximately friendship, the complexity of attractiveness, and self-discovery…full of robust lady characters.”—School Library Journal

“With resonant interval aspect, based narration, and a layered exploration of sophistication and friendship, this provocative novel is rife with satisfaction.”—Booklist

“Much to supply a latest YA audience…flirtation and match-making to tantalize romance fans…prime book-club fare.”—The Bulletin

"This delectable Parisian story left me sighting with candy pride. J'adore Belle Epoque!"-Sonya Sones, writer of What My mom does not Know and To Be completely Honest

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She seems at me apologetically. “Madame Girard educated me your time in the past, after doing an intensive stock of the Countess Dubern’s cloth wardrobe, that this merchandise was once lacking. rather than leaping to the realization it was once the fault of Mademoiselle Pichon, she inspired me to attend until eventually we had facts. ” Girard chimes in, “Marie-Josée, i discovered this merchandise between your assets while i used to be doing my regimen inspection of the dressing room this morning. Do you may have something to claim to protect your self? ” “It’s no longer her fault,” I start, yet Marie-Josée speaks over me. “It used to be me. I took it from the designated dresser weeks in the past. ” “No,” I protest. My center begins pounding. “Fire me, it’s my fault. ” “Mademoiselle Pichon,” says Durandeau. “You are already in sufficient hassle, having to paintings off your debt to the organization for botching the Dubern activity. I don’t doubt you had a hand in it. yet for simplicity’s sake, Marie-Josée”—he issues at her—“you are pushed aside as of this second. Mademoiselle Pichon, your debt to the business enterprise raises with this moment blight opposed to your identify. ” i glance in horror from Durandeau to Marie-Josée. She provides me a susceptible smile. There’s no bravado or jokes. She doesn’t throw a hand on her hip or bring any comeback. She’s unexpectedly weak, and that i can in simple terms watch in silence as she alternatives up her property and leaves the service provider for reliable. there's UNEASE within the organisation ranks given that Marie-Josée used to be fired: tears, mood tantrums and basic bickering. I hadn’t discovered before that she used to be the linchpin preserving us all jointly. with no her mom chicken effect, the repoussoir spirit can in basic terms be overwhelmed a certain quantity earlier than it truly is not able to reshape itself. The rumors of Laurent’s departure have additionally been proven. The query everyone seems to be too scared to invite: who stands out as the subsequent to move? Having Isabelle understand the reality in regards to the corporation has jogged my memory of the humiliation and disgust I felt the 1st day of my interview. And now, with Marie-Josée long past, i think inspired to behave. The seed of an idea popped into my head the day she was once sacked, and it has grown right into a totally shaped plan. yet first i have to consult my colleagues. Their jobs are at stake, so I won’t cross forward except we're all in contract. a shopper has driven again her choice appointment by way of an hour, and lots of the women are accrued within the dressing room with time to kill. now could be definitely the right second, i feel. “Who loves her activity? ” My query is met with quizzical seems to be and a snigger or . “Who certainly takes satisfaction in her task and feels strong on the finish of every week, with the money she has earned? ” I test the somber faces on reflection at me. Silence. “No one? ” i'm simply getting all started, yet i will be able to experience that my query has grabbed their awareness. the opposite conversations have died down, and they’re all me. i believe self-conscious, yet I choose to get up. i would to boot include every thing I’m approximately to assert. “Does a person have another approach of creating a good residing? ” I ask. There’s a second of silence prior to Emilie says, “My uncle could possibly get me a manufacturing facility task in Dijon.

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