Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago
To be honest, I did not know that this book featured real life people. I have never heard of either Simone de Beauvoir or Nelson Algren. Yet, it does not matter as Mr. Cowie brought to life this story. Which, in turn made Simone and Nelson as real as if they were fictional characters brought to life.
Instantly, I connected with everything about this book from Simone and Nelson to the story, time period, and locations. Simone and Nelson could not be more different but as the saying goes "opposites attract". This is exactly what Simone and Nelson felt...attraction. However, it was more than just about physical attraction or needs but they connected on an more intimate level. Although, they did not marry; Simone and Nelson did live and act as a couple.
All of the other people in Simone's life were intriguing as well. As I got to know everyone, I felt as if I was part of an special inner circle. Mr. Cowie writes with passion and an ease that just envelops the reader and invites them into the book. Now that I have discovered Mr. Cowie, I will be reading more of his books.