Have you read Désirée by Anne-Marie Selinko?
I read it when I was in school; I think it was the first really thick book I read.
Yes, it came even before Gone with the Wind.
I loved it so much that I read it again. And, I think, again.
And then, I found an old, old copy of it at my grandparents’ place, and how could I not read it again?
It’s the story of Napoleon’s first love – the daughter of a silk merchant, Désirée Clary. When I read the book, all those things were just names to me. Marseilles, Stockholm, the Tuileries …
And then I went to Marseilles.
There I was, thinking only about Alexandre Dumas and how close we were to the Chateau d’If. We went, of course, by metro. And guess what we found?