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by Anne Finger
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Simone sleeps with strangers. The most important stranger? Her husband Jacques. A love story spanning WWI to WWII in Paris.

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10-digit ISBN1-941026-74-8
13-digit ISBN978-1-941026-74-8
Publication DateMarch 27, 2018
Simone comes of age in WWI. She comes into her own in WWII as part of the French resistance. Frequently, she abandons herself to lust—particularly to a man named Jacques. She leaves her first husband for Jacques and spends over a decade as his lover. They eventually marry, yet Simone still sleeps with strangers, her husband the most distant of them all. What is she seeking? Simone isn’t sure. More than sex—a tenderness that lust can never fill. Just when her body feels most fragile, she meets Pierre, a much younger man, a novice at love-making, clumsy and overly emotional, a fool—yet there is something about him.
A lifelong love story not between two lovers but between a woman and her body. 

ANNE FINGER is a writer of fiction—both short stories and a novel—as well as of creative non-fiction. Her short story collection, Call Me Ahab, winner of the Prairie Schooner Award, was published in the Fall of 2009 by the University of Nebraska Press. She has had four other books published. Her short fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Discourse, and Ploughshares. She has taught creative writing at the university level as well as teaching workshops in the community. She has also been awarded residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, Centrum and Hedgebrook. She lives in Oakland, California.

Kirkus Reviews
"The book's originality, and its boldness, makes it impossible to turn away. Ambitious and demanding; one of a kind."
- January 23, 2018  Visit Website
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Booklist Online
"Anne Finger’s story of a twentieth-century woman’s lifelong journey toward owning all of herself, including her illness, will appeal to readers of character-focused, highly detailed historical fiction."
- Annie Bostrom, March 1, 2018  Visit Website
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"A Woman in Bed transcends any attempt to confine it to a sub-genre. It is probably beyond dispute that a reader with a woman's body is going to come away with the greatest appreciation for the novel. Still, the book has a great deal to say to any reader."
- Michael Northen, March 1, 2018  Visit Website
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