“Boston, My Blissful Winter” by Alain Briottet

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Boston, My Blissful Winter

Alain Briottet
P.R.A. Publishing (2020)
ISBN: 9781941416211
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (07/2021)

“Boston, My Blissful Winter,” is a collection of twelve short stories that take place during the cold, but captivating, winter months in Boston. Author Alain Briotett was the Consul General of France in Boston during the 1980s. While Briotett lived around the world during his career in foreign diplomacy, this novel focuses solely on Boston during the wintertime. The author uses his talent for storytelling to introduce us to this historic place through the protagonist, a Frenchman who is interning at a downtown bank. Readers witness the local characters through his eyes, as they interact with each other and react to the Boston winter climate. It is interesting to follow him as he connects with the locals who come from a variety of ethnic and social backgrounds. Some represent old wealth…

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Paulette Boudrot to Discuss Boston My Blissful Winter.

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We are pleased to welcome accomplished translator, French instructor and Fulbright Scholar in Twentieth Century French Literature, Paulette Boudrot, on Wednesday evening, November 18th at 7 p.m., for a Zoom presentation!Boston, My Blissful Winter follows a young French banker experiencing Boston for the first time as an intern at a downtown bank in the 1980s. Seeking to overcome his solitude, he visits the city’s concert halls, jazz clubs, businesses, museums, cafes, theaters, antique shops, fine restaurants and local diners. He rubs elbows with Boston Brahmins, academics, a struggling musician and a librarian, among others. With vivid images of winter and a keen eye for detail, these twelve short stories bring the unique character of the city to life and offer a glimpse into the heart and soul of the thoughtful narrator. Paulette will discuss the book, and her translation process!Author Alain Briottet devoted his life to a career in French diplomacy. He served in Europe, America, and Asia, and held several positions in collaboration with the French Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Paris and throughout the world. Paulette Boudrot earned a BS in Education from Bridgewater State University, an MA in French Language and Literature from Middlebury College Vermont, and a diploma in Twentieth Century French Literature from the Sorbonne, University of Paris, as a Fulbright Scholar. Paulette taught French and ESL in elementary schools, colleges, and universities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  During the 1980s, she transitioned from education to administration at the French Cultural Services at the French Consulate in Boston. In 2010, she was awarded the status of Chevalier in the Order of Academic Palms by the French government.  Paulette resides in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Boston, My Blissful Winter is her debut literary translation.This event is free and appropriate for adults and teens.  Registration is required, by 5 p.m. on the day of the event.

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