A Changed Woman by Francine Prose
The French diva, Francine Isadore, is back with a brand new memoir. In What Happened to the Woman Who Left No Man’s Love, Francine turns the page on her legendary affair with Conrad Hilton. She reveals the dark secrets of their relationship and why Hilton is still such a person of mystery even today. If you have read previous reviews of hers, you know that Isadore peppers her tale with authentic information about their marriage and the subsequent aftermath as well as the love that she experienced for Conrad Hilton during their affair.
Her account involves a steady stream of dates with Hilton over the years. One minute she is his girlfriend, the next she is his wife. She details the sordid details of their relationships with Hilton even when she was his wife-and-lover. You learn how deeply Hilton really loved Francine and how, after their marriage, he saw the need to distance himself from her emotionally.
In addition, Hilton’s behavior toward his former lover is detailed in agonizing detail. Isadore describes Hilton’s treatment of her physically and mentally during their time together. Hilton allegedly treated her badly in the past and on more than one occasion has been physically violent toward her. This accounts for the angry fits, he could be known for throwing at her. It is an ugly side of Hilton’s personality that we are so used to seeing on his public persona.
Francine’s story also includes the side of Hilton that most people are not aware of. She details the break-up of their second marriage and how Hilton took it upon himself to try and make the process easier on her. He would bring her lavish gifts upon request and constantly offered to do everything possible to make her happy. He practically made her feel like a queen.
In what must be one of the most painful love stories you’ll ever read, Francine finally has the strength to break free of Hilton’s clutches. She is able to accept the fact that her husband has become unfaithful and to set aside the bitterness and anger that were once fueling their relationship. You’ll recall that Hilton had made it clear to Francine that he expected her to stay with him if he ever cheated on her. Francine finally learns just how strong of a personality Hilton has when he stands up for her.
In Blackout, Francine surfaces as a true survivor who has persevered. She survived a marriage to a cheating husband and managed to forge a new, strong identity for herself. You will shed tears while reading this story but don’t let them overshadow the joyous events that unfold. The story is one of the best to read about in a long time.