For all the talk about Paris being the City of Love, there's probably just as much truth to it being the City of Heartbreak. Author (and Fathom contributor) Courtney Maum's debut novel, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, is a reverse love story set in the French capital.
Our hero, Richard Haddon, is actually no hero at all. A failed monogomist, uninspired artist, and poor sod all around, he wafts in and out of existential crises, alienates friends, and makes misguided attempts to woo his wife back. The backdrop to this mess of an existence? The galleries of the Pompidou and Premier Regard, the streetlamps near the Place de la Concorde, the top level of the Bateaux Mouches. Paris never looked better.
On the occasion of her launch, Courtney put together a literary tour of Paris haunts through book excerpts.
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I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, by Courtney Maum