Déjà vu: New novel ‘The Art of Regret’ is set during 1995 French transport strikes

By: Naomi LLOYD
9 min

American author Mary Fleming's latest novel "The Art of Regret" is set during national strikes in France in 1995. It follows the story of American expat Trevor McFarquhar, who opens a bike shop in Paris - and - spoiler alert - the shop is saved from bankruptcy by the strikes. It's a tale of family secrets being unearthed, betrayal, tragedy and making peace with the past. Fleming could never have guessed that it would be published as France finds itself in the grip of the longest industrial action in its modern history. She joined us for Perspective.