[UCP Books]: Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis


An enduring group profile of three influential yet completely different American women, for each of whom Paris played a short but transformative role, over three tumultuous decades. . . . The much-admired Kaplan focuses sharply on three women of successive generations, providing a keen feminist-cultural picture of Paris’s enduring, if varied, impact.”
– Publishers Weekly, starred review


Dreaming in French
The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis
Alice Kaplan

Publication Date: April 2, 2012 Cloth • $26.00 • £17.00
UK Publication Date: May 8, 2012 978-0-226-42438-5


“A fascinating group portrait of three different women from three different generations whose trajectories nevertheless converge in one surprising yet significant place: Paris. In this lively, original biographie à trois, Alice Kaplan shows how time spent living in the French capital and learning about its culture gave each of these sui generis heroines ‘her own ideas of what counted’—and how those ideas in turn became an indelible part of the American political and cultural landscape.”
Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution

“An eloquent, brilliant, and often moving portrayal of three remarkable women whose personal and intellectual engagement with France transformed them, and by extension America as well. These intimate narratives feel not only vital, but also necessary to our understanding of their moral, aesthetic and political development, and just as importantly, to our understanding of each as a remarkable, flawed, and complicated human being.”
Dinaw Mengestu, author of How to Read the Air
Alice Kaplan is the author of French Lessons: A Memoir; The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach, which was a finalist for the National Book Award; and The Interpreter. She is available for interviews.
Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702-0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.



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