My French Whore (2007) 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… 2007-03-06 Fiction St. Martin's Press
Book Review

My French Whore (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 06, 2007; Writer: Gene Wilder; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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+

Originally posted Feb 23, 2007 Published in issue #925 Mar 16, 2007 Order article reprints