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Cumming author wins French literary award
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CUMMING — A Cumming author who recently won first place at the Paris Book Festival was inspired by her own experiences staying in a hotel near the Eiffel Tower.

Elizabeth Cooke’s “There’s A Small Hotel,” which received first place in general fiction, is part of a four-book series based on Cooke’s time in the capital of France. She lived there during the 1950s and “never really got over it.”

“I feel very much in my own skin there,” Cooke said.

She returns for several weeks each year and has been staying at the same hotel for some three decades.

“I’ve become great friends with the owner and his wife and it’s like a home away from home,” Cooke said.

“There’s A Small Hotel,” the most recent in her series about the hotel, tells the story of a 60-year-old narrator who can see a row of apartments from her balcony and soon becomes involved in the lives of their residents.

In addition to the hotel series, Cooke has also published “Life Savors,” a memoir, “Eye of the Beholder,” a book about the muses of six artists and “A Shadow Romance,” a love story. She also previously wrote lyrics for jazz musicians in New York and studied at the Sorbonne.

The owner of the hotel accepted Cooke’s award on her behalf at the book festival ceremony June 3.

Cooke said she plans to return to Paris in September and is currently working on a fifth book about the hotel.

Cooke’s books are available on Amazon and the Barnes and Noble website.