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This Thursday’s Recommendation

The Velvet Hours

Inspired by the true account of an abandoned Parisian apartment, Alyson Richman brings to life Solange, the young woman forced to leave her fabled grandmother’s legacy behind to save all that she loves.

By: Alyson Richman
Narrated by: Tavia GilbertKate Reading
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 09-06-16
Language: English
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Categories: Literature & FictionGenre Fiction

Publisher’s Summary

As Paris teeters on the edge of the German occupation, a young Frenchwoman closes the door to her late grandmother’s treasure-filled apartment, unsure if she’ll ever return.

An elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian had cultivated a life of art and beauty, casting out all recollections of her impoverished childhood in the dark alleys of Montmartre. With Europe on the brink of war, she shares her story with her granddaughter, Solange Beaugiron, using her prized possessions to reveal her innermost secrets. Most striking of all are a beautiful string of pearls and a magnificent portrait of Marthe painted by the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. As Marthe’s tale unfolds, like velvet itself, stitched with its own shadow and light, it helps to guide Solange on her own path.


“Time Capsule” Apartment in Paris Found Untouched for 70 Years

“Time Capsule” apartment of late Parisian socialite and actress Marthe de Florian – abandoned since 1942.

When a 91-year-old woman died in 2010, her family discovered she had inherited an apartment in Paris from her grandmother. In 1942 she had abandoned it in perfectly preserved—and decorated—condition.

Painting by Italian artist Giovanni Boldini – presumably of 24-year-old Marthe de Florian, the apartment owner’s grandmother — a Belle Epoque socialite, theater actress, and Boldini’s muse.

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Martine Rohlfing

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