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A sleek, stylish novel set in the sophisticated, dazzling New York of the 1940s, between the shock of Pearl Harbor and the first landing of American troops in Europe—a deft, romantic novel about a wartime triangle involving a twenty-two-year-old fashion designer poised to launch her promising career . . . the acclaimed French expatriate writer/war pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who’s fled his Nazi-occupied country and come to Manhattan for a month, only to stay for two years . . . and his beautiful, estranged Salvadoran wife, the tempestuous, vain Consuelo, 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 first names, and Mignonne Lachapelle is determined to be among them. Her ambition and ethics are clear and uncomplicated, until she falls for the celebrated and tormented adventurer Captain Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who, six months after the surrender of France, has fled Europe’s ashen skies after flying near-suicidal reconnaissance missions for the French Air Force. In New York, he writes a new book on the fall of France, Flight to Arras (it becomes a number-one best seller) and collects (a year late) his 1939 National Book Award for his Wind, Sand and Stars, a poetic account of his flying escapades over North Africa and South America (by the time of his arrival in New York, in early 1941, the book has sold 250,000 copies). To distract himself from his malaise about France and at being in exile, and at his publisher’s offhand suggestion, he begins work on a children’s story about a “petit bonhomme” in the Sahara Desert . . . Nothing about Mig’s relationship with Saint-Ex is simple, not his turmoil and unhappiness about being in New York and grounded from wartime skies, nor Mig’s tempestuous sexual encounter with Antoine and the blurring boundaries of their artistic pursuits, ­or Saint-Exupéry’s wife who insidiously entangles Mig in her schemes to reclaim her husband. The greatest complication of Mig’s bond with Saint-Exupéry comes in the form of a deceptively simple manuscript: Antoine’s work in progress about a little boy, a prince, who’s fallen to earth on a journey across the planets . . . An irresistible novel that brings to life the complex, now almost mythic Saint-Exupéry and the glittering life of wartime New York.This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide. 

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A sleek, stylish novel set in the sophisticated, dazzling New York of the 1940s, between the shock of Pearl Harbor and the first landing of American troops in Europe—a deft, romantic novel about a wartime triangle involving a twenty-two-year-old fashion designer poised to launch her promising career . . . the acclaimed French expatriate writer/war pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who’s fled his Nazi-occupied country and come to Manhattan for a month, only to stay for two years . . . and his beautiful, estranged Salvadoran wife, the tempestuous, vain Consuelo, 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 first names, and Mignonne Lachapelle is determined to be among them. Her ambition and ethics are clear and uncomplicated, until she falls for the celebrated and tormented adventurer Captain Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who, six months after the surrender of France, has fled Europe’s ashen skies after flying near-suicidal reconnaissance missions for the French Air Force. In New York, he writes a new book on the fall of France, Flight to Arras (it becomes a number-one best seller) and collects (a year late) his 1939 National Book Award for his Wind, Sand and Stars, a poetic account of his flying escapades over North Africa and South America (by the time of his arrival in New York, in early 1941, the book has sold 250,000 copies). To distract himself from his malaise about France and at being in exile, and at his publisher’s offhand suggestion, he begins work on a children’s story about a “petit bonhomme” in the Sahara Desert . . .
Nothing about Mig’s relationship with Saint-Ex is simple, not his turmoil and unhappiness about being in New York and grounded from wartime skies, nor Mig’s tempestuous sexual encounter with Antoine and the blurring boundaries of their artistic pursuits, ­or Saint-Exupéry’s wife who insidiously entangles Mig in her schemes to reclaim her husband. The greatest complication of Mig’s bond with Saint-Exupéry comes in the form of a deceptively simple manuscript: Antoine’s work in progress about a little boy, a prince, who’s fallen to earth on a journey across the planets . . .
An irresistible novel that brings to life the complex, now almost mythic Saint-Exupéry and the glittering life of wartime New York.
This ebook edition includes a Reading Group Guide. 

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      • source: Sandra Gulland, author of the Josephine B. Trilogy and Mistress of the Sun
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        "An elegantly alluring and poignant love story . . . written with intimacy and immediacy . . . Spare and beautifully crafted, the novel vividly evokes the world of fashion design and the French ex-pat community in New York during WWII. In a word: magnifique!"

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      • source: Cathy Marie Buchanan, 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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      • source: Therese Anne Fowler, author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
      • content: "With subtlety and finesse, Ania Szado draws us into the circle of charismatic expatriate, pilot, and author Antoine de Saint-Exupery's world . . . Thoughtful, fascinating, beautifully told."
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      • source: Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean and The Sweet Girl
      • content: "Szado has created a fascinating time and place and has risen wonderfully to the challenge of portraying real historical characters in fiction--bravo!"
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      • source: Lawrence Hill, author of Someone Knows My Name
      • content: "A novel that is so true and so right that it makes you wonder why nobody has written it before. Studio Saint-Ex is like an ocean undertow: I fell in and could not get out except by gorging on the story as it pulled me toward the final sentence . . . an unputdownable novel about twentieth century fashion, French expatriates in Manhattan during World War II, the miracle of creative genius and the lives of the great writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery and the women he loved. Open the first page and prepare to fall."
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      • source: Alison Pick, author of Far To Go
      • content: "A ravishing glimpse into the early days of American haute couture and into the private life of one of the 20th Century's most notorious authors. Ania Szado's writing is nothing less than sublime."
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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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        May 15, 2013
        Szado looks at the era when Antoine de Saint-Exupery is in New York City working on Le Petit Prince, an era complicated by a love triangle involving his Salvadoran wife, Consuelo, and an apprentice couturiere, Mignonne Lachapelle. The latter is Szado's fictional creation and erstwhile narrator. She originally meets de Saint-Exupery in Montreal, where she tutors him in English, though as an already famous French author, he doesn't see the need to learn an inferior language. A year later, in 1942, they meet again in New York, where Mignonne has gone to see why her mentor, the formidable and vicious Madame Vera Fiche, has stolen her fashion ideas. Mignonne winds up working for Atelier Fiche, in part to keep an eye on its wily and unscrupulous owner. De Saint-Exupery is in a rather deep funk, partly due to political reasons (he remains distraught by the fall of France) and partly since his estranged wife flaunts her American lover so blatantly, demanding they be let into the Alliance Francaise for its social amenities. The author finds himself attracted to Mignonne, whose delicate manner contrasts with that of his flamboyant wife. However, it turns out Consuelo is aggressively charming as well as aggressively bisexual, and she seduces Mignonne. Consuelo is drawn to Mignonne not only by her beauty, but also by her ability to dress Consuelo in the latest style. All of this domestic and fashionista drama plays out against de Saint-Exupery's protracted attempts to work on his allegorical tale of The Little Prince. High fashion and high drama coexist in equal measure in this insightful novel.

        COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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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 first names, and Mignonne Lachapelle is determined to be among them. Her ambition and ethics are...

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