STORY OF A TALE-MAKER
A novel - 265 pages (Released June 15th 2019)
© 2019 US Copyright Office
"We stayed in le Quartier Latin for a week, a place buzzing with international students and leftists, where young mustached men playacted life in grand, refined gestures, while their “gypsied-out” dames danced in circles, their light, colourful skirts whirling in the sun, revealing the beauty of their curvaceous forms. Life was a stage, with every fountain a prop inviting an act of spontaneity. I wasn’t one to just stand by and watch. I danced and laughed with them. Chantal, in all her bubbliness, was the shyer of the two—Eastern French reserve, as she called it. I could go on and on about Paris, but there was more to France to be seen. Soon, we were on another train, onwards to connect with Straßburg where I would be studying for a degree in world diplomacy during the course the following three years. "
Janette Trudy Smyth on her first year abroad circa 1972