By Cecile depicts post-World War II France as it reels from war and recovery. In Paris, an orphan girl, Cecile, finds refuge with an older man. He introduces her to nightclubs, intellectuals, artists (Jean Cocteau, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Eartha Kitt!), and non-monogamy. When she falls for his mistress, she begins to live a life she deems worthy of writing about...but only under the pseudonym of her husband.
"By Cecile" is one of the original lesbian pulp paperbacks, by the notorious Tereska Torres, author of Women's Barracks and others.
Cecile is a beautiful orphan girl in Paris, post World War II, who gets taken under the wing of an older man who introduces her to art, culture, intellectuals... And non-monogamy!
Unfortunately for him, Cecile falls deeply in love with his lovely mistress, who has more to teach her than anybody.
This is the perfect story for those of us brought up thinking Paris was the apex of culture from watching movies like Funny Face and An American in Paris, and then moving on to Goddard and Sartre. It's so French, and so dishy.
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