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Studio Saint-Ex: A Novel
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This sleek, stylish novel set in 1940s New York, between the shock of Pearl Harbor and the landing of American troops in Europe, is a deft, romantic novel about a wartime love triangle involving a twenty-two-year-old fashion designer poised to launch her career; the French expatriate writer and war pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who's left his Nazi-occupied country and come to Manhattan for a month, only to stay for two years; and his beautiful, estranged Salvadoran wife determined to win back her husband at all costs—and seductions.

With Paris under occupation by Hitler's troops, New York's Mayor La Guardia has vowed to turn his city into the new fashion capital of the world. A handful of American designers are set to become the industry's brightest names, and Mignonne Lachapelle is determined to be among them. Her ambition and ethics are clear until she falls for the celebrated and tormented adventurer Captain Saint-Exupéry.

In New York, Saint-Ex writes a new book on the fall of France, Flight to Arras, and collects (a year late) his National Book Award for Wind, Sand and Stars. But he suffers under exile and, to distract himself from his malaise, begins work on a new book at his US publisher's offhand suggestion: an exotic fable.

Nothing about Mig's tempestuous, romantic relationship with Saint-Ex is straightforward, but the greatest complication will come in the form of his deceptively simple manuscript about a petit bonhomme in the Sahara Desert fallen to earth on a journey across the planets.

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Ania Szado. (2013). Studio Saint-Ex: A Novel. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Ania Szado. 2013. Studio Saint-Ex: A Novel. Blackstone Publishing.

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        Ania Szado graduated from the Ontario College of Art and the University of British Columbia. Her first novel, Beginning of Was, was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Her writing has appeared in numerous periodicals, including the Globe and Mail, Flare, and This Magazine. She lives in Toronto.

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With Paris under occupation by Hitler's troops, New York's Mayor La Guardia has vowed to turn his city into the new fashion capital of the world. A handful of American designers are set to become the industry's brightest names, and Mignonne Lachapelle is determined to be among them. Her ambition and ethics are clear until she falls for the celebrated and tormented adventurer Captain Saint-Exupéry.

In New York, Saint-Ex writes a new book on the fall of France, Flight to Arras, and collects (a year late) his National Book Award for Wind, Sand and Stars. But he suffers under exile and, to distract himself from his malaise, begins work on a new book at his US publisher's offhand suggestion: an exotic fable.

Nothing about Mig's tempestuous, romantic relationship with Saint-Ex is straightforward, but the greatest complication will come in the form of his deceptively simple manuscript about a petit bonhomme in the Sahara Desert fallen to earth on a journey across the planets.

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      • source: Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls
      • content: "Gorgeously evokes the fashion scene of 1940s Manhattan and provides a smart, sure-handed glimpse into the hearts and minds of two women in love with literary sensation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A deft examination of love, desire, and ambition."
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      • content: My God, how convoluted this has all become, says the fictional Mignonne Lachapelle, referring to her fantasy affair with author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; her forced friendship/partnership with his wife, Consuelo; and her drive to do anything to establish herself in the haute-couture society of 1940s New York. She could be talking about this more fictional than historical novel. Cassandra Campbell's delivery is uninspired, and the listener struggles to follow the story through the flowery prose and continually shifting voices. Mignonne gives her perspective in a first-person perspective while Consuelo's perspective is third person, but they're indistinguishable to the ear, even though Mignonne is Franco-American and Consuelo is Salvadoran. Lots of hype for a disappointing listening experience. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
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        June 3, 2013
        Szado (Beginning of Was) crafts the facts of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's life into an engaging tale of youth, power, and longing set in New York City as the country heads off to WWII. Mignonne Lachapelle is a hungry young designer, fresh out of fashion school, searching for Saint-Exupéry to resume the affair she ran from the year before. His wife Consuelo becomes the key to Mignonne's success, her nemesis, and ultimately her muse. The world of haute couture depicted here overflows with backstabbing, design stealing, and credit-robbing injustice. Meanwhile, French-American ex-pats make love, lie, cheat, and steal while the fabric of their world is torn apart by the looming war and their affairs. Neither Szado's shifting points-of-view nor movements through time are seamless, but the love of story within the story is redeeming. Mignonne turns The Little Prince into a fashion show, names her studio Saint Ex, and casts Consuelo as the rose all in hopes of keeping Antoine from flying off to war. But like his fictional creation, Antoine was destined to fly: "It isn't a love story, it's a war story. The Prince goes back to his rose at the end. That's his country. He signs up to die for his pretty, prickly France."

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With Paris under occupation by Hitler's troops, New York's Mayor La Guardia has vowed to turn his city into the new fashion capital of the world. A handful of American designers are set to become the industry's brightest names, and Mignonne Lachapelle is determined to be among them. Her ambition and ethics are clear until she falls for the celebrated and tormented adventurer Captain Saint-Exupéry.

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