Wilder, Gene. My French Whore. St. Martin's. March 2007. c.192p. ISBN: 978-0-312-36057-3. $21.95. Fiction.

In 1918, near the end of the Great War, Pvt. Paul Peachy, son of German immigrants, escapes a bad marriage by joining the army. Sent to France, he passes his 30th birthday in a wasteland of muddy trenches. That same day, he is asked to interrogate a captured German spy, Col. Harry Stroller, famous for his exploits in England. The next morning, Peachy sees his two best friends die in battle. In an act of cowardice, he flees into the nearby woods but is soon captured by German troops. To save himself from execution, he brashly impersonates Colonel Stroller, using what little information the spy revealed to him. Peachy’s daring masquerade continues as he finds himself ensconced in Col. Viktor Steinig’s headquarters. There, he meets and falls in love with Annie Breton, the titular French whore, while his situation grows ever more complicated. Written in prose distilled to its essence, this enchanting novella, Wilder's fiction debut, reads like a breeze. Outwardly sweet and simple, it has delightful complications and an ending that may surprise. Recommended for all public libraries. [The Academy Award-nominated actor is also the author of a memoir, Kiss Me Like A Stranger.]

LJ, vol. 132, no. 4 (March 1, 2007), 79.

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