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Julie Scolnik

Paris Blue, A Memoir of First Love

February 8, 2024
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I discovered a beautiful quote by Maya Angelou, and it perfectly captures my need to tell this story. She said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  I think this probably resonates with most memoir writers.

This is a story that lingered in the corridors of my psyche for over 40 years, and I always knew that I would have to tell it one day. It is beyond thrilling not just to finally see it in print, but to hear from readers that it is resonating across boundaries, and bringing back their own stories of first love. I so look forward to sharing the four-decade odyssey it took me to tell this story properly.

PARIS, 1976: Twenty-year-old American student Julie Scolnik arrives in the City of Light to study the flute when, from across a sea of faces in the chorus of the Orchestre de Paris, she is drawn to Luc, a striking (married) French lawyer in the bass section. This deeply moving tale of an ebullient young American and a reserved Frenchman will transport readers to the cafés, streets, and concert halls of Paris in the late seventies, and, spanning three decades, evolves from deep romance to sudden heartbreak, and finally to a lifelong quest for answers to release hidden immutable grief. A deeply felt, bittersweet reflection on how youthful passion changes you and clings to you forever, PARIS BLUE is a true fairy-tale memoir with a dark underbelly about the tenacious grip of first love.

What I hope readers take away from the book:
*  First love changes you and clings to you forever.
*  Love-at-first-sight really does exist.
*  Music/Love/Poetry are all interconnected.
*  Our memories are not to be canceled, not matter how painful, but cherished. They are our “life and food for future years.”


Author Bio:

JULIE SCOLNIK is a concert flutist and the founding artistic director of Mistral Music, a chamber music series which since 1997 has been known for its virtuosic artists, imaginative programming, and the personal rapport she establishes with her audiences.

Since her treatment and recovery from breast cancer in 2005, Scolnik has found ways to play and organize benefit concerts which raise funds for underserved women with the disease. The most recent include two full orchestral concerts with the world-renowned Sir Simon Rattle in Jordan Hall, Boston and at the Hotel de Ville de Paris, for the League Contre le Cancer. She has been a guest speaker at the Harvard Medical School twice a year since 2009.

She lives in Boston with her husband, physicist Michael Brower, and her two cats, Daphne and Chloë. They have two adult children, also musicians: pianist Sophie Scolnik-Brower and conductor/cellist Sasha Scolnik-Brower, with whom she performs and records frequently.

Paris Blue is her debut memoir, and it has garnered over 18 prizes, including first prize for memoir with the Pencraft Book Awards, Firebird Awards, and the Literary Titan Silver Award. www.JulieScolnik.com (and her music series: www.MistralMusic.org)

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