Mark Albro has studied and worked in Paris, where he currently lives. He is a scholar of French fiction and has written for European scholarly publications. The son of a psychologist, Mark imagined he had better coping skills than most for the tragedy of the Bataclân terrorist attack on the night of November 13, 2015. He did not. His and his friends’ struggles to come to grips with that event now demarcate his life. Living on the street where Rimbaud came of age and dining where Hemingway’s Jake Barnes rode away from Montparnasse with Lady Brett Ashley, Mark agrees (and Keeping Gloria Swanson proves) that Paris is still a movable feast.
On the cusp of his thirtieth birthday, gay teacher Justin lives in Paris and struggles with Post Traumatic Stress. Although he navigates his life with wit and style, he is a broken young man, shattered by the death of two friends in the Bataclan massacre and the accidental (and gruesome) death of his mother at Justin and his husband Théophile’s country house.