The Dressmaker: A Novel

by Elizabeth Birkelund Oberbeck | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780312426927 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Germanophile of Litchfield, New Hampshire USA on 9/20/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by Germanophile from Litchfield, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, September 20, 2008
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"In the rural French town of Senlis, mild-mannered, middle-aged tailor Claude Reynaud fashions wedding gowns, dresses and suits for Parisian women in the know; for the locals, he repairs torn seams, sews on buttons and alters hemlines. Claude's predictable life turns upside down when the charming Valentine de Verlay commissions him to make her wedding dress, and he falls in love with her. Claude's wife left him eight years ago (though no divorce papers were signed), and Valentine's fiancé, Victor, is a singularly unlikable, one-dimensional character (whose last name, of all things, is "Couturier").

Claude and Valentine couple early on, but, despite being in love with Claude, Valentine stays on track for the marriage to Victor. When Claude is hired by a major Paris design House, he is granted entrée into high fashion, and is closer to his true love, Valentine. Then fate intervenes ..." (Description from

I enjoyed this a great deal, although I wonder how the main character, Claude, would have sounded in my head if a man had written the book. While well-written, Claude is nothing like the Frenchmen I knew when I lived in Europe! Then again, my pals didn't design dresses, either.

Journal Entry 2 by Germanophile at Plaistow, New Hampshire USA on Friday, January 29, 2010

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