Her husband takes her novels and signs them as his own; she takes his lover and becomes her mistress.
When Cecile is orphaned at eighteen at the end of WWII, she finds refuge in Paris with an older man. He introduces her to a world of artists (Cocteau, Sartre, Eartha Kitt!), and encourages her to denounce monogamy as bourgeois. She takes a mistress of her own, and begins to find her own voice as a writer of adult fiction.
"Madame Torres has re-imagined a youthful Colette (here called Cecile) in the infinitely seductive post-World War II period in Paris, where she moves like a sleeping princess through the perverse fairy tales of man-made cafe society. By Cecile is a sharply perceptive novel." —Joan Schenkar, author of The Talented Miss Highsmith
"Sophisticated . . . not much is left to the imagination." —Cleveland Press
"Sensuous . . . Very exciting." —Virginian-Pilot
"For adults only." —Southland Magazine