Sarah Maeght, a former « marraine* » from Paris 7 and a former exchange student to Middlebury College, has recently published he first book, C’est où le Nord? (Which way is North?). Sarah, who is a middle school French teacher here in Paris, says that it is particularly the creative writing class that she took during her time at Middlebury College (VT) that inspired her to write.
In her book “full of humor and tenderness”** with its “modern and assured”** style, Maeght writes about Ella, a 24 year-old French teacher, during her pursuit to find her own way while navigating break-ups, moves, and the challenges of teaching high school students in difficulty. And then Ella meets Cléo with whom she discovers Paris nightlife, “unsure of where it could lead her….to love maybe?” **
*marraine=godmother. At the Middlebury Ecole en France, we have a godmother/godfather program: we engage French students from our partner institutions to act as mentors to our students to help them better integrate themselves into student life here in France.