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FMU’s James A. Rogers Library to host book signing

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University’s James A. Rogers Library will host a book signing for local authors Emily and Lorraine de Montluzin on Monday, Feb. 20 from 2-4 p.m. at the library. The mother and daughter co-authored the recently released book, “Dearest Arlette: Everyday Life in Postwar America and France, 1945-1955, as Recorded in the Letters of Two Reunited Families”.

The de Montluzins’ book centers on letters written by Emily de Montluzin to her young French cousin Arlette during the first decade after World War II. The letters showcase the experiences of two ordinary families, one American and one French, as their countries were adjusting to the challenges, stresses, and social changes of a postwar world.

They are a testament to the close bond that developed between the two sets of cousins an ocean apart and to the extraordinary friendship that sprang up between Emily and Arlette, the family “scribes.” When Hurricane Katrina destroyed Emily’s home, Arlette knew that there was one thing she could do to help. She could return Emily’s letters and photos, carefully saved for sixty years. In that way, she could restore her past.

The signing will be held on the second floor of the library and is open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the signing. Copies may also be purchased from Amazon at or locally at the FMU Patriot Bookstore. The library can be found on the web at

About the authors:

Emily Hosmer de Montluzin is a retired teacher of English, French and Latin in several of Mississippi’s public and private schools.

Emily Lorraine de Montluzin holds the rank of Professor of History, emeritus at FMU. The two are natives of Bay St. Louis, Miss.


Last Published: February 20, 2012 4:48 PM
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