“Magnificent Rebel: Nancy Cunard in Jazz Age Paris” by Anne de Courcy

Genre: BiographyMagnificent
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub Date: April 11, 2023 

Anne de Courcy wrote a fascinating and well-documented biography of Nancy Cunard, who dominated the Paris scene in the 1920s, hanging around with all those famous people you read about in Paula McLain’s biographical fiction “The Paris Wife” referring to Ernest Hemingway’s first wife. Nancy was the epitome of a hard-core socialite with an “I don’t give a damn” attitude. She was also a poet and a journalist who founded Hours Press. She was promiscuous and a cruel lover. She didn’t care who she hurt as long as her needs were met. I wondered if she had a Borderline or Narcissistic personality disorder. She was an alcoholic, which may have or not have brought on mental illness. This portrayal of a complex woman during the roaring twenties in the City of Lights is first-rate. Unfortunately, I thought I would read a biographical fiction novel, not a biography. I continued reading because the writing was good, and Nancy was a pistol. If you enjoy biographies who will enjoy “Magnificent Rebel.”

I received this novel at no cost from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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