Prim, proper, hard-working Molly Clearwater was looking forward to the upcoming business trip to Paris she would be taking with her boss. But when she learns that her boss has other things in mind for her besides work, she boldly quits her job and decides to go to Paris anyway. She boards a train from London and arrives in Paris completely alone with absolutely no idea where to go or what to do.
After finding a place to stay, she meets a vivacious new friend and soon finds herself at a chic nightclub floating on the Seine, where she encounters the enthralling Fabrice. He takes her for an unforgettable nighttime motorbike ride around the city, and the next day Molly drops the last of her inhibitions when she poses for him au naturale as he draws her. She indulges in a brief Parisian romance with him before realizing that what she saw in him was more fantasy than reality.
When her angry boss gets a message through that Molly was in possession of an item essential to his Parisian business presentation, she and her new girlfriend cook up a comical scheme for her to drop it off at his hotel, where Molly encounters an intriguing man and gives her the courage to return to London as a completely new woman.
This report prepared by Rosa Flores
Molly Clearwater is working as an assistant in a London public relations firm. Although she was thrilled to get her first job in London, the work has not made much use of her honours English literature degree and she does not seem to be appreciated by her annoying boss, Malcolm. But then Malcolm invites her to accompany him to make a presentation in Paris and Molly thinks she is finally being recognized, until she learns that Malcolm asked her to go to Paris so he can try to get her into his bed.
An angry Molly resigns but on her way home, she decides to go to Paris on her own. She has worked hard all her life and never been outside of England. When she arrives in Paris, she meets Alicia, an Australian, who takes her to a club. There, Molly meets Fabrice, a young Parisian artist, who shows her around Paris and tells her she is beautiful. Meanwhile, Malcolm is trying to find Molly because she has the computer disk necessary for his presentation and Molly's mother is looking for her because she did not call.
As Molly tours around Paris, goes to a museum with Fabrice and rollerblading with Alicia, she examines what she wants in her life. She has been unusually close to her mother because she has never known who her father is.
This report prepared by L. Watson
Plume, Mar 2004, 13.00, 336 pp.
Raised by a single mother in small town England, Molly Clearwater thought her career in London as a Marketing Officer would be the delightful first step towards greater things. Instead six months as a glorified office gofer at Phipps Lauzer Beryman Pharmaceutical leaves Molly disillusioned. She especially detests her nasty womanizer boss Malcolm Figg, who treats her with contempt and sarcasm.
However, her spirits picks up when Malcolm informs her she will accompany him to Paris for a major weekend business conference. She walks on cloud nine until she overhears two office gossips discussing her as Malcolm's latest weekend fling. Angry, Molly quits. Shockingly for someone who never left England, she takes the train to Paris anyway. Finding a cheap room, she meets Alicia a wild Aussie who takes her on a crazy tour of the city where she meets people that includes a tryst and a stranger at the pharmaceutical convention who will shake up her world once he and she realize who the other is.
Though twenty-one years old, Molly stars in a coming of age tale that changes her previously narrow outlook on the world. Molly is a great center holding the story line together, but it is the secondary cast that include her Paris lover, Malcolm, the stranger at the convention and especially courageous Alicia who make gay Paris light up as few novels succeed in doing. Though the connection with the stranger at the convention is a stretch, readers will enjoy this delightful character study that hooks the audience the moment Molly learns why she is going to Paris until the final goodbyes.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner