“A fascinating group portrait of three different women from three different generations whose trajectories nevertheless converge in one surprising yet significant place: Paris. In this lively, original biographie à trois, Alice Kaplan shows how time spent living in the French capital and learning about its culture gave each of these sui generis heroines ‘her
own ideas of what counted’—and how those ideas in turn became an indelible part of the American political and cultural landscape.”
—Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution

“Alice Kaplan’s Dreaming in French is an eloquent, brilliant, and often moving portrayal of three remarkable women whose personal and intellectual engagement with France transformed them, and by extension America as well. These intimate narratives of Jacqueline Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis feel not only vital, but also necessary to our understanding of their moral, aesthetic and political development, and just as importantly, to our understanding of each as a remarkable, flawed, and complicated human being.”
—Dinaw Mengestu, author of How to Read the Air

Praise for French Lessons
“With a novelist’s eye for detail and a critic’s acuity, Kaplan has given us a rare and moving evocation for what it feels like—and what it means—to fall in love with a language not one’s own.”
—Angeline Goreau, New York Times Book Review

“French Lessons, a memoir rich in the curious novelistic detail of childhood, is also a passionate record of an intellectual coming of age.”
—Cathleen Schine, New York Newsday

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