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The elusive lover of Do Not Find Me returns to tell her side of the story in The Autobiography of Corrine Bernard. From her hapless childhood under Nazi occupation to her life as a woman of letters in present-day New York City, Corrine remains scrappy and wise. As a schoolgirl in Paris, she goes her own way, disinterested in most friendships, intensely drawn to the heroines she finds in literature and daring in the favors she is willing to trade with boys. When she is seventeen, she travels to America to visit her godmother and meets Charles Bernard, whose wealth and ruthlessness will alter the entire course of her life.


In a bold and mesmerizing voice, Corrine details her intense pull towards Charles, her lifelong attraction to the blue-eyed Italian named Gigi Paulo, and her observations of Paris, New York, St. Johns and London, as she roams in exile for decades of her life. Dear Reader, she begins, I have my tales to tell. And so she does in this dark and compelling novel.

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"Eloquent, graceful prose sweeps the reader along in this immensely satisfying novel about choices that alter a life." 

Publishers Weekly 

Starred Review 

July 21, 2018

"Readers who love spare, poetic writing and strong characters will savor Minnesotan Kathleen Novak’s new novel “The Autobiography of Corrine Bernard.” 


Mary Ann Grossman

Pioneer Press

June 24, 2018

“This is a woman who doesn’t pull punches, doesn’t paint herself as all good or bad, but simply as someone who’s going to get all she can out of life

no matter what . . ." 


New York Journal of Books

 May 31, 2018

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