C. W. Gortner is the author of many bestselling historical novels-including Mademoiselle Chanel-which have been published in more than twenty countries. He lives in San Francisco.
"Sucked me in by the pearls and never let go ... equal parts grit and glamour ... if you can't afford to visit Paris in peak springtime season, reading this book with a glass of wine is a decent substitute." -- Glamour "Enticing ... well-researched and well-crafted historical novel that leaves the reader satisfied on many levels. " -- New York Journal of Books "Absorbing, heartbreaking and salacious--like Chanel's life story ... a vivid, heartbreaking portrait of Coco Chanel's meteoric rise to fame and her complicated personal life." -- Shelf Awareness "In a novel as brilliant and complicated as Coco Chanel herself, C. W. Gortner's prose is so electric and luminous it could be a film, and not just any film, but one of the grandest biopics of our time. Divine!" -- Erika Robuck, bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl "A richly imagined, deftly researched novel, in which the ever fascinating Coco Chanel comes to life in all her woe and splendor, her story unfolding as elegantly as a Chanel gown." -- Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Painted Girls "From her heart-wrenching early years through her decades of struggle and glory, Gabrielle Chanel was fascinating-as is C.W. Gortner's Mademoiselle Chanel. Coco lives again in this rich tale of brilliance, determination, and fierce self-creation." -- Ania Szado, author of Studio Saint-Ex "Well-written and historically accurate ... An homage to a couture icon whose influence is still powerful today." -- Kirkus Reviews "In this deliciously satisfying novel, C.W. Gortner tells the epic, rags-to-riches story of how this brilliant, mercurial, self-created woman became a legend." -- Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train "Gortner brings to life a woman who was as alluring and captivating as her signature scent. " -- Historical Novels Review "Gortner brings history to life in a fascinating study of one woman's unstoppable ambition." -- Booklist