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Bistro Nights

Bistro Nights

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Paperback
9798987614426
Available
09/12/2023
Last Kid Books
WORLD
5 X 9 in
292 pg

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Steve and Mie are a pair of globetrotting journalists, based in Paris, who make up fanciful stories about strangers they see at nearby tables in bistros, bars and brasseries. When they start spinning yarns about a waitress, Mireille, and a down-and-out American novelist named Cavendish, they find themselves peeking into a pair of tempestuous love triangles. 

One love storm—among Mireille, her possessive lover Serge, and Cavendish—takes place in present-day Paris. The other ill-starred romance forms the plot of Apache Dance, Cavendish’s work-in-progress. His novel harks back to the Paris underworld a century ago, when gangsters—known evocatively as apaches—commanded the streets. 

Bistro Nights intertwines the troubled trio of Mireille, Serge and Cavendish with the fictional triangle of Fifine and Nick, chief of an apache gang, and Fifine’s heartsick secret admirer, Maxim. 

The contemporary drama of Cavendish and Mireille, hounded by a jealous Serge and observed—off and on—by two nosy journalists, leads the reader through an intimate tour of real-life Parisian restaurants and cafés, from Le Petit St.-Benoit to the Rosebud Bar. Meanwhile, flashing back in time, Bistro Nights unveils vividly the spectacle and squalor of a bygone Parisian demimonde. 

As he struggles with his love for the unattainable Mireille, Cavendish finds inspiration in Serge—whose jealousy and violence are the model for Nick, in Apache Dance. The sad Maxim, of course, is Cavendish’s own alter ego. 

Nick holds Fifine in his brutish thrall. Maxim prepares a desperate, fateful measure to save the woman he loves. But then, after a botched and bloody carjacking, a police dragnet forces Nick into hiding long enough for Fifine to escape. Or does she?

As these twin triangles mount to separate climaxes, Steve and Mie find their own cool and stagnant romance rekindled and they tumble irresistibly toward the heat, lust, grace and danger of the danse apache.







David Benjamin
Author Bio

David Benjamin is a lifelong storyteller. His fiction includes The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked and seven books under his new imprint, Last Kid Books: Three’s a Crowd, A Sunday Kind of Love, Almost Killed by a Train of Thought: Collected Essays, Summer of ’68, Skulduggery in the Latin Quarter, Black Dragon and Jailbait.  As a journalist, Benjamin has edited newspapers, published and edited several magazines, and authored SUMO: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Japan’s National Sport. In its first year, Benjamin’s imprint, Last Kid Books, won six independent press awards. His essays have appeared in publications that include the Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Examiner, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, EE Times and Common Dreams. Benjamin and his wife Junko Yoshida have been married for ages. They live sometimes in Madison, Wisconsin and sometimes in Paris.