A brilliantly witty classic memoir set between the literary and fashion worlds of 1920s Paris
‘Her company is a delight’ Tatler
The Orient Express hurtles towards the promised land, and Banine is free for the first time in her life. She has fled her ruined homeland and unhappy forced marriage for what she hopes will be a dazzling future in Paris. Transforming into a chic Parisienne, she mingles with fellow émigrés from Russia and the Caucasus, Spanish artists, writers and bohemians―and even contemplates love.
But soon she finds that freedom brings its own complications. As her family’s money runs out, she becomes a fashion model to survive. And when a glamorous figure from her past returns, life is thrown further into doubt. Banine has always been swept along by the forces of history. Can she keep up with them now?
Told with vivacious wit and a lust for life, this companion to Days in the Caucasus is a bittersweet portrayal of youthful dreams, and the elusive search for happiness.