Mandi Bierly
March 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

My French Whore

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Gene Wilder
publisher
St. Martin's Press
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

My French Whore, the actor Gene Wilder’s debut novel, follows Pvt. Paul Peachy, a love-starved train conductor/amateur actor from Wisconsin who impulsively enlists in 1918 — and ends up impersonating a spy.

Inspiration
”For whatever simplicity of language I’ve achieved,” Wilder thanks Ernest Hemingway and Jean Renoir.

Last Word
Even in print, Wilder’s soothing voice anchors his swift, cinematic story. B+

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