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My French Whore

Gene Wilder

St. Martin's Griffin

World War I has almost come to an end, but for a young Minneapolis railway employee and amateur actor named Paul Peachy, whose marriage has become one-sided, it’s time to enlist.  Shipped off to France, Peachy 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 enters a world he never even knew existed—a world of sumptuous living, world-weary men and available women. But when one of those women—Annie Breton, a young, wary and beautiful courtesan—turns out to be more than she seems, both Peachy’s and Annie’s lives are 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
 
“A…touching debut novel…(it) takes the form of the final, eloquent notebook of a man still finding out who he is.”—Publishers Weekly

“Slender…nimble…satisfying.”—Kirkus Reviews

“It’s unavoidable: the hero of MY FRENCH WHORE simply must be imagined as a young Gene Wilder.  The talented actor who wrote this enjoyable novella…makes an easy transition from stage to page.”—The Seattle Times

“Sweet fluff.  If you loved ‘Young Frankenstein,’ you’ll be awfully fond of this.”—The Washington Post

“Wilder’s delightful fiction debut (is) a novel so witty, dramatic and romantic that the reader is left with an indelible mental movie.”—Los Angeles Times

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  • Gene Wilder

  • Gene Wilder has been acting since he was thirteen and writing for the screen since the early 1970s.  His first book, about his own life, was Kiss Me Like A Stranger. His second novel, set in Germany in 1903 is The Woman Who Wouldn’t.  Wilder lives in Connecticut with his wife, Karen.
  • Gene Wilder
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My French Whore

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