This month the From Left to Write Book Club is reading The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. The book explores the life of Monsieur Perdue, the owner of a bookstore that is housed on a boat, which he calls The Literary Apothecary. One day, after learning that the woman whom he has been heartbroken over for twenty years was dying from cancer when she left him, he decided to hoist anchor and sail his book barge down the river.
One of his companions on the boat is a young author, Max Jordan, who was quick to fame with his first book, and has seemed to be hiding from everyone ever since. It was said in the book that Max Jordan has lost his muse. That he is searching for her.
“‘He’s lost his muse, Signor Salvatore. Max made a pact with her and gave up his normal life. But his muse has gone. Now he doesn’t have a life-either a normal one or an artistic one. And so he’s on a quest to find her.'” – Jean Perdu, The Little Paris Bookshop.
I have been chasing my muse for years and years. For those of you who have followed me for a few years, may remember a post I wrote last year about being overloaded and out of tune. I was so optimistic about getting my life straight and being able to write again. But, just as everyone with older children has told me, as they get older, it just gets more hectic. My kids have something every night of week. I have a day job now too and am finally able to contribute to the household financially, and on a consistent basis. I still have my job at the dance studio, but it’s only on Sunday now. So, with working six days a week, managing a household, and running the kids all over creation, some things have either taken a back seat or been eliminated from my life altogether.
As a result, my muse is still missing. She went away a long time ago, and hasn’t returned. I ache for her; physically, emotionally, spiritually. I long for the time when the words would flow and the characters would speak to me. I was hoping she would return now that some of the stress over the finances has been alieviated. Instead, she has been replaced with exhaustion.
“‘Maybe he didn’t love his muse enough? If so, he’ll have to ask for her hand all over again.'” – Salvatore Cuneo, The Little Paris Bookshop.
Did I not love my muse enough? Perhaps not. Like my old high school best friend, she took a backseat when the children came along, got tired of waiting around, and left. Maybe one day she will come back. (Although my friend never did). Until then, I guess I will just continue to pine for her from afar.
This is an original ROSCMM post. All opinions are that of Jennifer herself unless otherwise stated. This post was inspired by the novel The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, where Monsieur Perdu–a literary apothecary–finally searches for the woman who left him many years ago.. Join From Left to Write on October 8th as we discuss The Little Paris Bookshop. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.