Hi, everyone. Today’s sample is from my award-winning novel, In The Eye of The Storm. The narrator here is Veronique, the teenaged daughter of Claire Delacroix LeMaître and her late husband, Erik. Enjoy!
I believe that the most beautiful man I have ever seen was Amedeo Modigliani. He came to Paris just a month or two before we left, and I remember seeing him at table when Max Jacob brought him to sup with us. His dark curls and deep brown eyes, his beautiful face; I was smitten. I didn’t care that he was Jewish, Italian — or that he was in love with an English woman named Beatrice (while living with a dreadful French woman called Jehanne). I was determined to marry him. Even though I was not yet fifteen years old, I was sure that he would wait for me to be of age. His skin was as fair as Maman’s, who said that Monsieur Modigliani looked unwell. She invited him to dine with us often so that he might have a decent meal.
Maman worried about Beau-Père’s friends at Lapin Agile and Bateau Lavoire, as they called their ateliers. She said they lived in horrible conditions, but I didn’t know what she meant because she would not let me see. She also said that Beau-Père and Monsieur Matisse were the only ones of our circle who go to a real home at night. I told her that one day I would marry Amedeo and that we would have a real home. She smiled sadly at me; she did not understand that to be Madame Modigliani was my life’s fondest dream.
I look back on those innocent thoughts with sadness because Maman was right. My beloved Amedeo was unwell; he had tuberculosis.
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San Francisco, 1948
When a mysterious stranger approaches Clarice Kaye in her favorite restaurant, his words trigger a voyage of discovery: “You look just like your grandmother, but you have your mother’s eyes.”
There was only one question in Clarice’s mind: how could he know?
Armed with family diaries that tell of the scandalous grandmother for whom she was named, Clarice embarks on a journey through Paris’ modern art movement, 1906 San Francisco, and the depths of the Opéra Garnier in this long-awaited sequel to In The Eye of The Beholder.
In The Eye of The Storm is the 2015 Silver Medal Winner for Best Fan Fiction in the Global eBook Awards.
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