Please join us as Erin Curren, member of the Friends group, leads the discussion on one of ReadME’s book selections, Paris Was the Place by Susan Conley.
More about the Paris Was the Place
When Willie Pears arrives in Paris, she’s looking for adventure and to reconnect with her brother, Luke. Even so, when she takes a job teaching at a center for immigrant girls who are all hoping for French asylum, she does not expect to feel so connected to the ups and downs of their lives—or to find romance with their attractive and committed lawyer, Macon. But as Willie learns the girls’ histories, the lines between teaching and mothering quickly begin to blur, leading her to make a risky move that will threaten to upend the life and relationships she’s found.
More about the Susan Conley
SUSAN CONLEY is the author of the novel Paris Was the Place and The Foremost Good Fortune, a book that won the Maine Literary Award for memoir. Born and raised in Maine, her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Arts Council. She spent three years in Beijing with her husband and two sons before moving back to Portland, Maine, where she currently lives. She teaches in the Stonecoast Writing Program at the University of Southern Maine.
More about the Erin Curren
Erin Curren had spent two years living in France and has a PhD in French and Romance Philology from Columbia University. She has visited Paris many times and loves engaging with other francophiles. Erin speaks French fluently as a second language, and has taught French at Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges since moving to Maine in 2005. She currently teaches a movement class called Nia and performs improv with Portland Playback Theatre. Erin lives in Westbrook with her husband and dog and is a Friend of the library.