Audio Book The Missing Italian Girl : A Mystery in Paris

New format for The Missing Italian Girl !

Now available in Audio format from AUDIOGO, home of BBC Audio Books.  Narrated by Meredith Mitchell, and you can listen to a sample clip from the website.

The Missing Italian Girl at AudioGo

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International Women’s Day, Feminism and Social Class

Barbara celebrates International Women’s Day — #IWD — and talks feminism, women’s studies, social class, writing fiction and the strong women in ‘The Missing Italian Girl,’ including real-life investigative reporter Caroline Rémy de Guebhard (a/k/a Séverine), on KBOO Radio, Between the Covers.

Hear the lively interview here: IWD Feminism The Missing Italian Girl Pope KBOO Radio_episode.2.130307.1100.2682

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Portland Book Talk, Radio, Review and Signing

Portland events: listen live, share the news and welcome Barbara for the official Portland area book launch for The Missing Italian Girl

Join Barbara at POWELL’S BOOKS, Cedar Hills Crossing Thursday, March 7th @ 7pm as she reads and signs The Missing Italian Girl.
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. (800) 878-7323

More information here:

LISTEN LIVE as KBOO Radio interviews Barbara Thursday, March 7th @ 11:00 am

Read the Oregonian Review on OregonLive:
Intrigue, danger and upheaval in old Paris
: The Missing Italian Girl “Pope, who lives in Eugene, is a historian and the founding director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. Her deep knowledge of the times and place is abundantly evident.”

Share the news and join Barbara as Powell’s Books hosts the lively Portland area event.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Pope explores Belle Epoque Paris in an elegant murder mystery -from Eugene Weekly

Eugene Weekly features THE MISSING ITALIAN GIRL alongside Barbara Corrado Pope.
A Tale of Two Women

The opening chapter of The Missing Italian Girl plays out like a scene from a Merchant Ivory film; the year is 1897, the city is Paris and three shrouded figures dodge the ghoulish cast of gas lamps near the Gare de l’Est as they bring a special (and posthumous) delivery to one of the city’s dumping waters, the Basin de La Villette. In the city of lights, on a warm summer night at the turn of the century, the trio is taking a great risk. Guided by the young and confident Russian revolutionary Pyotr Ivanovich, two Italian teenage sisters — Angela and Maura Laurenzano — find themselves swept up in a world of anarchy and murder by the basin that night, as the plot is elegantly set in motion.

Local author Barbara Corrado Pope rewrote that chapter of Italian Girl three times before finding her new muse, the tough-as-nails Maura Laurenzano. “That’s how Maura became such a big character,” Pope says. “Because I said, ‘I like this, I like being 17 and nasty. I like having those big emotions.’” Italian Girl is the third installment of Pope’s murder mystery series that was born with the novice judge and investigator Bernard Martin and his love interest, the indefatigable schoolteacher Clarie, in Cézanne’s Quarry in Aix-en-Provence and continued to unfold in the The Blood of Lorraine in Nancy. Published Feb. 13, Oprah’s Book Club soon named Italian Girl a “Compulsively Readable Mystery” for the “crazy-smart reader.”

Now, a reader mustn’t be a scholar to enjoy Pope’s novels, but paying close attention to the details is required to suck the marrow from a Parisian mystery that tugs at several historical threads at once: the labor movement (“the unionists, they were the bulwark of the labor movement”), immigrant populations (“It’s always been a city of immigration”), class disparities (the “desperate conditions” of Paris’ working poor) and the women’s movement (“American and English feminism was very confrontational … That wasn’t present in France”). And like the city’s Arc de Triumphe, where several streets meet to form a 12-pointed étoile, so is Italian Girl’s Lycée Lamartine, a place where these historical themes collide.

“I wanted to know where [Clarie] taught so I did research on the schools. It was important for me to pick a school that was not the poshest but was very good, and had a mixed population.” On a visit to Paris, Pope found that school in Lycée Lamartine, in the heart of the Montmartre quartier — the stomping ground of artists like Toulouse Lautrec at the end of the 19th century. “I stayed in an apartment that was two blocks away from the school,” she says. Pope says she was able to treat Montmartre like the village it once was because she “kept walking around the neighborhood.” The school also ties the two female protagonists together: Clarie, a schoolteacher, and Maura, whose mother Francesca is the school’s charwoman.

“A lot of the plot is about how Clarie sees herself in Maura,” Pope says. Clarie, who is still feeling the loss of her child in The Blood of Lorraine, has become a professional, “dignified” woman with the domestic responsibilities of a husband and a toddler. Maura’s brashness, independence and strength stir the fire in Clarie’s belly that had almost gone out. That fire turns into a blaze as Clarie and Co. attempt to find out what happened to the missing Italian girl.

Many thanks to Alex Notman for the thorough review.
Alexandra Notman is the Arts Editor for Eugene Weekly.

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