Rosa Kusstatscher has built a global fashion empire upon her ability to find the perfect look for any occasion. But tonight, as she prepares for the most important meeting of her life, her usual certainty eludes her.
What brought her to this moment? As she struggles to select her dress and choose the right shade of lipstick, Rosa begins to tell her incredible story.
The story of a poor country girl from a village high in the mountains of Italy. Of Nazi occupation and fleeing in the night. Of hope and heartbreak in Switzerland; glamour and love in Paris. Ambition and devastation in Rio de Janeiro; success and self-discovery in New York. A life spent running, she sees now.
But she will run no longer.
Georgia Kaufmann was born and grew up in North London. She studied Social Anthropology and Demography at Cambridge, LSE and Oxford.
For most of her twenties and early thirties, she managed to live elsewhere, with a preference for places beginning with B: Brussels, Belo Horizonte, Brighton and Boston, amongst others.
Since 1995, she has lived in London, exchanging her career as a demographic anthropologist to bring up her children and write. She lives within cycling distance of central London with her husband, their cat, and a washing machine to lure back her grown daughters.
The Dressmaker of Paris is her debut novel.
“The story of a remarkable woman whose life is shaped by an unforgivable decision her father made when she was a schoolgirl. This is a book you will lose yourself in.”
“The Dressmaker of Paris is a delicious book: elegantly structured, beautifully written and with a fascinating protagonist. Georgia Kaufmann has created a beautiful and compelling novel that had me hooked until the very last page. And that ending: wow!”
“Sensuous, sweeping and utterly engrossing, The Dressmaker of Paris is as dazzling and finely crafted as a Dior gown.”