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My French Whore

Gene Wilder

St. Martin's Press

The beloved actor and screenwriter's first novel, set during World War I, delicately and elegantly explores a most unusual romance.  It's almost the end of the war and Paul Peachy, a young railway employee and amateur actor in Milwaukee, realizes his marriage is one-sided.  He enlists, and ships off to France.  Peachy instantly realizes how out of his depth he is--and never more so than when he is captured.  Risking everything, Peachy--who as a child of immigrants speaks German--makes the reckless decision to impersonate one of the enemy's most famous spies.
 
As the urbane and accomplished spy Harry Stroller, Peachy has access to a world he could never have known existed--a world of sumptuous living, world-weary men, and available women.  But when one of those women--Annie, a young, beautiful and wary courtesan--turns out to be more than she seems, Peachy's life is transformed forever.

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Chapter One March, 1918 I used to be a conductor on the train that ran back and forth from Milwaukee to Chicago. Two or three times a year I acted in our local community theater, playing small roles mostly, but occasionally I was given a featured role. When the Milwaukee Players were putting on a play called A Brave Coward, by Winslow Clarke, I was given the part of a cowardly soldier during the Civil War who chooses, for the first time, to do something heroic. This was the biggest role our director had ever given me. Our community theater gave only three performances for each of
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"Gene Wilder has written a remarkable period piece. It's an elegantly woven story of intrigue, danger, sex and comedy -but for me the big surprise is that it's a truly moving and eloquent love story.
--Mel Brooks
 
"The hero of MY FRENCH WHORE simply must be imagined as a young Gene Wilder…Wilder keeps the romance flowing…"--The Seattle Times
"If you loved 'Young Frankenstein', you'll be awfully fond of this."
--The Washington Post
 
"A simple straight-faced love story about a brave coward and a scarlet woman drives actor Wilder's touching debut novel."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"Slender...nimble..satisfying."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Gene Wilder's delightful fiction debut--a novel so witty, dramatic and romantic that the reader is left with an indelible mental movie...The love is sweet, the adventure keen, and Wilder's bubbly prose captures Peachy's unforgettable charm."
--Los Angeles Times

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  • Gene Wilder has been acting since he was thirteen and writing for the screen since the early 1970's.  His first book, about his own life, was KISS ME LIKE A STRANGER.  MY FRENCH WHORE is his first novel.  He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Karen.
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