cover image All Signs Point to Paris: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Destiny

All Signs Point to Paris: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Destiny

Natasha Sizlo. Mariner, $28.99 (330p) ISBN 978-0-358-65326-4

Emily in Paris meets Celebrity Astrology Investigation in L.A. real estate agent Sizlo’s humorous debut memoir, which follows the quest for love that sparked her romantic journey to France. Grieving her father’s death and a painful breakup from “Mr. Not-So-Right-After-All,” Sizlo, a 43-year-old divorced single mom, reluctantly acquiesced when her best friend gave her a reading from a popular astrologer to the stars. Though previously a skeptic, Sizlo was stunned by its accuracy and even more perplexed by the astrologer’s conclusion that based on her ex, Philippe’s, birthday and place of birth—November 2, 1968, Paris—he was, in fact, the One. Determined to debunk this, Sizlo embarked on a search for “as many men as possible” from Paris with the same birthday, beginning first on Instagram and later winding up on a grand Parisian adventure with her sister and two close friends. The clumsy escapades that arise from her “serial-killer wall of Tinder profiles and maps of Paris” are often obscenely funny, but readers looking for a charming distraction from life online may tire of her preoccupations with gaining social media clout (“I had almost three thousand followers now, and that meant something to me”). Nevertheless, when Sizlo’s stars align, it’s impossible not to cheer for her. This adventurous romp will enchant romantics and astrology-lovers alike. (Aug.)