Debra Finerman is an American writer who lives part-time in Paris. She is the author of three novels, including a soon to be published contemporary romantic comedy for dog lovers and human lovers. SHADOW WAR, her second book, is a WWII novel, which was inspired by plaques throughout Paris dedicated to the brave Resistance Fighters who died on the spot, shot by Nazi patrol. Her first novel MADEMOISELLE VICTORINE, which was published by Random House Three Rivers Press, has been translated into six languages worldwide. Debra is a former journalist for Capital Style, The Hollywood Reporter monthly magazine, Beverly Hills Today and Beverly Hills Magazine. A graduate of UCLA, she earned her academic degree in Art History and Connoisseurship at Christie's, New York.
We’re in Occupied Paris, June 1940. German tanks have rolled in. The stylish cafes and nightclubs cater to Nazis now. Daily supplies are rationed, fear is plentiful. France is crushed but the SHADOW WAR has just begun. A British S.O.E. spymaster teams with a partisan leader in Burgundy to organize The Resistance Fighters’ Literary Club. Composed of blacklisted writers and artists, their clandestine headquarters in Paris is the Balzac Bookshop.
When Victorine Laurent joins the chorus of the grand Paris Opera ballet, she expects to become the mistress of a wealthy man; this is how young women without family survive in the decadent City of Light. Yet when the artist Degas introduces her to Edouard Manet, her life changes dramatically. She agrees to pose for him, and the result is a painting that shocks Paris. Overnight, Victorine becomes the city’s most sought after courtesan.