“One of the most rewarding periods of my life was my Junior Year in Paris with the Smith group. I found that the knowledge of a foreign language, acquired by any student who is fortunate enough to study abroad, has an immeasurable and lasting effect on their life.” – Jacqueline Bouvier, November 1961
Book launch hosted in June 2023 by Columbia Global Centers | Paris, Smith College Paris, and the Smith College Club of France with the partnership of the US Embassy Community Liason Office (CLO), the Association of American Women in Europe (AAWE), INSPIRELLE, and The American Library in Paris.
In August 1949, Jacqueline Bouvier arrives in postwar Paris to begin her junior year abroad as a Smith College student. She’s twenty years old, socially poised but financially precarious. Jacqueline is immediately catapulted into an intoxicating new world of champagne and châteaux, art and avant-garde theater, cafés and jazz clubs. But beneath the glitter and rush, France is a fragile place still haunted by WWII and the Occupation. Jacqueline lives in a rambling apartment with a widowed countess and her daughters, all of whom suffered as having been part of the French Resistance just a few years before. Evocative, sensitive, and rich in historic detail, Ann Mah’s novel brilliantly imagines the intellectual and aesthetic awakening of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, illuminating how France would prove to be her one true love, and one of the greatest influences on her life.