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Gregory Curtis

Join Interabang Books with Gregory Curtis, longtime editor of Texas Monthly, as he presents his new memoir PARIS WITHOUT HER, a poignant tale of love, loss, and moving forward. He'll be live on Facebook on Wednesday, April 21 at 6pm. Be sure to join us!


In this moving, tender memoir of losing a beloved spouse, the longtime editor of Texas Monthly, newly widowed, returns alone to a city whose enchantment he's only ever shared with his wife, in search of solace, memories, and the courage to find a way forward.

At the age of sixty-six, after thirty-five years of marriage, Gregory Curtis finds himself a widower, after his wife Tracy—who he fell for the first time he saw her at the offices of Texas Monthly in 1974—succumbs to a long battle with cancer. Paralyzed by grief, agonized by social interaction, Curtis tries to break the spell by returning to the place he had the best and happiest times of his life: Paris. And as he navigates the storied city and contemplates his new future, Curtis relives his days there with Tracy, piecing together the portrait of a woman, a marriage, parenthood, and his life’s great love through the memories of six unforgettable trips to the City of Light. And, slowly, both in remembering their time together and discovering parts of the city he had never known, Curtis starts to find a way forward in the face of his loss. PARIS WITHOUT HER is a work of tremendous courage and insight—an ode to the great loves of our lives; to the joy of discovering a new language, a new street, a new taste, a new way of life; to the places that seem to permit us to become the people we had always hoped; to saying yes at any age; and, of course, to Paris.

GREGORY CURTIS is the author of The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World's First Artists and Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo. He was editor of Texas Monthly from 1981 until 2000. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Time, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. A graduate of Rice University and San Francisco State College, he lives in Austin, Texas.

Wednesday, April 21st, 6:00PM
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ISBN: 9780525657620
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf - April 20th, 2021