'I'm telling you now: I'm never having another boyfriend - EVER!'
Libby is on a man-fast: no more romance, no more cheating men, no more heartbreak. After all, she has her three best girlfriends and two cats to keep her company at night and her high-powered job at the National Aboriginal Gallery in Canberra to occupy her day - isn't that enough?
But when fate gives Libby the chance to work in Paris at the Musée duQuai Branly, she's thrown out of her comfort zone and into a city full of culture, fashion and love.
Surrounded by thousands of gorgeous men, cute baristas and smooth-tongued lotharios, romance has suddenly become a lot more tempting.
And as if life wasn't hard enough, there's a chauvinist colleague at theMusée who seems determined to destroy Libby's exhibition in every way he can.Then there's Libby's new friend Sorina, a young Roma gypsy, desperate to escape deportation. Libby must save her job and save her friend, but can she save herself from a broken heart?
Australian Bookseller and Publisher
Heiss captures all the wide-eyed excitement of Manhattan: the sights;the shopping; the history; and - of course- the men. Like the author, Lauren is a member of the Wiradjuri nation. Her deep connection to her people and culture is a vital part of the story- and what sets Manhattan Dreaming apart from other chick-lit. It’s a contemporary romance with spunk, and I enjoyed it a lot.
The West Australian
With the classic romantic edning up the Empire State Building (you just knew it was coming), this may well get you appreciating Aboriginal Art and dreaming of life in the Big Apple.
There is political contect and a subtle weaving of information about Aboriginal culture, while on the surface there’s the romance and situational comedy that attracts many readers.
Anita on Paris Dreaming:
On the new novel and her writing process click the Sydney Writers' Centre video here!
Anita chatted to James Valentine on ABC 702 about Paris Dreaming. You can listen here!
There's been a lot of blogging about Paris Dreaming also:
Anita answers 'Why Paris?' on the Reading Upside Down blog.
Anita discusses 'Why chick lit?' on the Book Show Blog.
Anita divulges five things Libby Cutmore is grateful for on Sara Foster's blog.
Anita talks Paris and tiddas on the Paige Loves Books Blog.
How To Order Paris Dreaming:
Random House Australia
Book Depository (delivers worldwide for free)
Avid Reader (QLD)