Paris, Rue des Martyrs

Title: Paris, Rue des Martyrs
Author: Adria J. Cimino
Publisher: Agency Editions
Publication Date: February 10, 2014
ISBN: 9781940392066
Number of Pages: 286
How I Got It:  author
Format: ebook

Some encounters make a difference.

Four strangers in Paris. Each one is on a quest: to uncover a family secret, to grasp a new chance at love, to repair mistakes of the past. Four stories entwine, four quests become one, as their paths cross amid the beauty, squalor, animation and desolation of a street in Paris, the Rue des Martyrs. 
Rafael's search for his birth mother leads him to love and grim family secrets. Cecile’s view of herself as an unsatisfied housewife is radically changed by the promise of a passionate liaison. Andre, an aging actor, troubled by the arrival of the son he abandoned years ago, must make a choice, to either lose his son forever or put aside pride and seek redemption. Mira travels to Paris to begin a new life and forget about love… or so she intends.
Four strangers, four stories, one riveting novel.

My Review:
Throughout my reading of this novel, I thought of the movie "Crash." Like "Crash," "Paris, Rue des Martyrs" interweaves multiple characters beginning as several equidistant, individual stories. As the movie and the novel progress, the movie-watcher and reader start making connections between the characters, as they eventually crash into one another. Quite a complex angle for a debut novelist to attempt, yet Adria Cimino proves a reliable narrator, guiding readers through a tangled maze, and rewards them with the realization of the interconnectedness of her characters lives, as well as the readers' own.
Emerald dealers in South America, lovers in Italy, romantic and familial love, "Paris, Rue des Martyrs" does not shy away from exposing the true nature of people, good and bad. This book is perfect for you if you've ever looked at an apartment building and wondered about the lives of the tenants, or simply wondered how connected we are to those around us without even knowing it. Cimino puts her finger on the theory of "degrees of separation" and delivers a wonderful story exemplifying the network of connectedness around us every day.

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

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