Publication: 28th January 2021 – Hodder & Stoughton
A stunning historical women’s debut fiction novel that spans both time and the globe
as we follow one woman’s journey from simple country girl to global fashion icon.
I need to tell you a story, ma chère . My story.
Rosa Kusstatscher has built a global fashion empire upon her ability to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. But tonight, as she prepares for the most important meeting of her life, her usual certainty eludes her.
What brought her to this moment? As she struggles to select her dress and choose the right
shade of lipstick, Rosa begins to tell her incredible story. The story of a poor country girl from a village high in the mountains of Italy. Of Nazi occupation and fleeing in the night. Of hope and heartbreak in Switzerland; glamour and love in Paris. Of ambition and devastation in Rio de Janeiro; success and self discovery in New York.
A life spent running, she sees now. But she will run no longer.
Delighted to welcome you on my stop for the blog tour of The Dressmaker of Paris, the brilliant new novel by Georgia Kaufmann.
I have to confess that I shed a few tears while reading The Dressmaker of Paris. It is such a beautiful and emotional story, and my heart broke a few times. The story is told in first person by the protagonist of the story, Rosa, who reflects on her life while getting ready for the most important meeting of her life. Born in a small Italian village, Rosa escapes to Switzerland during the Nazi occupation. Here she discovers she has a skill for sewing and fashion that leads her to leave behind what she loves most and to move to Paris where she works for Dior, falls in love, and moves to Brazil where she starts to build her fashion empire.
The Dressmaker of Paris is beautifully written and well-researched. I admire the author’s attention to detail and I love that she wrote a story within a story in which the narrator, Rosa, not only seize the opportunity to confess her story to her listener, but she also comes to terms with the decisions she made throughout her life. The Dressmaker of Paris is a tale of love, friendship, family, and success. It narrates a woman’s journey from a small village in Italy to the bright lights of New York, a life of dreams and happiness, of tragedy and grief, of guilt and regrets. It is a wonderful, immersive, and unforgettable story to get lost in. Highly recommended!!!
A huge thank you to Jenny and Hodder & Stoughton for inviting me to join the blog tour and for providing me with a proof of the novel.
Georgia Kaufmann studied Social Anthropology and Demography at Cambridge, LSE and Oxford. She currently lives within cycling distance of central London with her husband, two daughters and a cat. The Dressmaker of Paris is her debut novel.