28 Books Set in France


Love, betrayal, war, murder, art—Paris possesses as many different stories as its arrondissements, and it’s only one part of France. From the South of France to sleepy rural towns to the City of Light, these novels, memoirs, and essay collections trace the stories of priceless jewelry, even more priceless wine, secretive art, murders in the Louvre and back alleys, renowned courtesans and American expatriates looking for the freedom their country fails to offer. These books are also linked to one another; fictionalized imaginings of famous writers are contrasted with those writers’ famous works, while a certain necklace, despite being lost, keeps resurfacing through the centuries.


Which books whisk you away to France?


Bookshelf curated by Natalie Zutter.


Image credit: Paul Daniels/Shutterstock.com.

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About Natalie Zutter

Natalie Zutter

NATALIE ZUTTER has always been a voracious reader, from reading Agatha Christie and Entertainment Weekly above her age level as a kid to squeezing 52 books into the year whenever podcasts aren’t taking over her commute. A 2016 Amtrak Residency writer, Natalie also writes plays about superheroes and sex robots, and Tumblr rants about fandom. You can find her giggling over pop culture memes on Twitter @nataliezutter.

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