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Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite
Paris, Adrift by Vanda is an engrossing novel about a woman in the 1950s, working as an artist manager for a famous singer. The singer, Juliana, was trying to recover after a poor career move, and it’s Al’s job to help her. They head to Paris where Al comes face to face with Juliana’s past. Through all of this, the two women must navigate a heterosexual society while secretly in love with each other, despite the fact that Juliana is married. Plus, while homosexuality is not illegal in France, it isn’t socially acceptable either. On top of this, someone is blackmailing Al to make Juliana become the star in his play. Was there any way to keep their love hidden, or would their romance ruin them both and drive them apart?
While Paris, Adrift is the third book in a series, it is a great read even if you haven’t read the first two. The tension between Juliana and Al and the rest of the world is a frank and honest description of the horrible political and societal climate in the fifties. Vanda delves into the gay community surviving outside of acceptable and respectable society, marking the hypocrisy and hate distorting the lives of those who don’t fit in. Along the way, the author also portrays the powerless position of women, no matter how talented or intelligent they are. Vanda is a great writer with a gift for making the words come alive with vivid passion and clarity.