As a child, Diane Johnson was in love with Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, the story of the 17-century swashbuckling denizens of St. Germain-des-Pres, the famous area of Paris that sprang up in the ninth century around a large Benedictine abbey. Now, the bestselling author of Le Mariage and Le Divorce details both the history of this fascinating quarter and its unique daily life.
From her own perch in St. Germain, Johnson has discovered the houses and haunts of its many famous (and infamous) residents. It is these colorful characters and their stories that she describes in this delightful book, from the Three Musketeers to the many echos of the postwar golden age and Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, and other famous American expats. Best of all, we get an intimate view of this storied quarter through glimpses of Johnson's life there, her apartment and cat, neighbors and friends, the cafés and shops she spends time in.