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Why She Married Him

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"With wisdom, graceful writing, and vivid settings, Myriam Chapman transports us into the world of Tsarist Russia and Belle epoque Paris. Unforgettable... in the best tradition of Chekhov." - Alice Kaplan, author of The Interpreter

Set in Paris in the early 1900s, Why She Married Him tells the story of Nina Schavranski, a beautiful young Russian Jewish emigre at a crossroads in her life. At twenty-two, in the immigrant community of Belle epoque Paris, Nina's choices are few. She works in her father's tailor shop, attends political lectures and night school, striving to be an intellectual, "modern" woman. But Nina's sensual nature and her longing for freedom remain unfulfilled. The answer to the question of why she marries Abraham Podselver, a struggling fashion illustrator with socialist dreams, lies in the sum of Nina's experiences - which unwind like a bolt of silk as the novel moves backward in time.

Capturing both the sweep of history and the private joys and turmoil of a complex young woman, Why She Married Him is rich, satisfying historical fiction. Inspired by an unpublished memoir by the author's grandmother, found years after her death, the novel is infused with passion.


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Hardback Editions

October 2005 : USA Hardback

Title: Why She Married Him: A Novel
Author(s): Myriam Chapman
ISBN: 1-59051-175-1 / 978-1-59051-175-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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Paperback Editions

October 2006 : USA Paperback

Title: Why She Married Him
Author(s): Myriam Chapman
ISBN: 1-59051-260-X / 978-1-59051-260-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA