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edith templeton   Edith Templeton's The Darts of Cupid, a collection of short stories culled from The New Yorker essays written over the past four decades, reveal kaleidoscopic images of an emerging female sensibility. Told in voices both young and old, these stories chronicle women, often navigating through wartime years--or sandwiched between world wars--relating to their families, their friends and their lovers. Templeton, Prague-born, but having lived on three continents, infuses an international richness and cosmopolitan elegance, reminiscent of the American Edith (Wharton), with the bold confidence of her female narrators, suggestive of Dorothy Parker. A two-day romance between a British woman and her American military supervisor resonates through the woman's entire life; a woman's return to the Bohemian castle of her girlhood allows her to meet her past with fresh perspective; and in the final story, a widow's choice to sell her husband's prized possessions brings her to acceptance of her husband's life and death.
 
elizabeth inness-brown   Elizabeth Inness-Brown's powerful first novel Burning Marguerite begins at the death of one of its principal characters, 94-year-old Marguerite Deo, and works backward to explore the history of the emotional ties between this woman and James Jack Wright, the man who credits her with acting as his guardian during childhood. As the past unfolds, the reader watches James Jack contend with his loss and his final obligations to Marguerite. In this month's Bold Type, read an excerpt from Burning Marguerite that follows James Jack reporting his guardian's death.
 
patrick marnham   The story of the French Resistance remains an ever-shifting one, based as it is on conflicting and unreliable accounts. In the years following the German occupation of France, many reinvented themselves as Resistance heroes, in order to disassociate their war years from the taint, however strong or accurate, of collaboration. (The excellent 1996 film, Un Héros Très Discret, starring Mathieu Kassovitz, depicts this exact phenomenon.) For this reason, the history of the Resistance continues to elude. It is strangely symbolic, then, that Jean Moulin should become the group's legendary icon. Enigmatic and secretive, the left-wing Moulin joined the civil service after World War I and eventually became the youngest prefect in France. After the Germans ousted him in 1940 for refusing to cooperate, he became involved with underground movements to overthrow the Vichy government, attracting the attention of no less than the exiled Charles de Gaulle, who promoted him to leader of the Resistance in 1941. Over the next year and a half, Moulin would unite eight different Resistance groups into a single entity before being betrayed and arrested. Though exposed to extreme torture, Moulin refused to inform on his colleagues, famously drawing a caricature of his interrogator, the notorious Klaus Barbie, instead of writing down names. He died as a result of his injuries a few days later in early July 1943. Despite the mystery surrounding nearly every aspect of his life, Jean Moulin has become a secular saint for the French, a heroic martyr to the cause who was enshrined in the Panthéon in 1964. In Resistance and Betrayal: The Death and Life of Jean Moulin, the Greatest Hero of the French Resistance, the first English-language biography on the leader, acclaimed author Patrick Marnham pieces together the facts of this highly complex hero and creates a life for the man behind the legend.
 
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