Belle Greene

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Europa Editions
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5.7 X 8.6 X 1.8 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

Alexandra Lapierre is a bestselling French novelist, short story writer and biographer. She graduated from Sorbonne University and the University of Southern California. Among her works that bring back to life great women and characters neglected by history, is the international bestseller Artemisia (Vintage, 2012). Her books have been published in more than twenty countries.

Tina Kover's translations for Europa Editions include Antoine Compagnon's A Summer with Montaigne and Négar Djavadi's Disoriental, winner of the Albertine Prize and the Lambda Literary Award, and a finalist for both the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature and the PEN Translation Prize.


★ "In this extensively researched historical novel, we see Belle from the time she's a young woman born Belle Greener, daughter of the first Black man to graduate from Harvard. An engaging story about a brilliant woman who risks everything."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"Meticulously detailed and captivating, Belle Greene joins the ranks of other must-read books about race relations in America and is sure to delight art and rare books lovers."--Reader's Digest

"Belle's story, as told by Lapierre, is compelling and well-crafted."--Historical Novels Society

"A true marvel!"--Paris Diary

"The luminous and sensitive portrait of an extraordinary woman in an America fraught with taboos and, consequently, with transgressions."--Point de vue

"Erudite, sharp, and worldly, she hid an incredible secret...The story told with panache by Alexandra Lapierre of one of the first women of the 20th century to have had the madness, and above all the courage, to choose her own destiny."--ELLE Magazine (France)

"Absolutely superb!"--Historiquement Vôtre

"A magnificent work!"--Radio Classique

"Once again, Alexandra Lapierre has the outstanding flair of making us discover the remarkable destiny of a forgotten woman.--RTL

"With the tale of this amazing destiny, Alexandra Lapierre recounts a piece of American history and the story of a flamboyant woman. Lapierre loves extraordinary characters: in Belle Greene, she has found a heroine worthy of her talent."--Le Matin Dimanche

"The destiny of a woman who was remarkably ahead of her time is told by Alexandra Lapierre at a breathless pace, with the panache and the elegance that distinguish her writing."--Le service Littéraire

"This beautiful, exciting, feverish, angry narrative tells us about an indomitable woman whose motto pleases me: I don't belong to you!"--Version Femina