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1980s & '90s

Isabela Pamelli Martins

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The memoir of a young South American student on her first visit to France. Cultural, witty, romantic and, at times, pathetic.....I Dream of Paris was written in the mid 1990's, but only now the author has decided to make it public. A coming of age story and travel romance.


Drama, Biographical, Memoir, Romance, Young Adult

Short Summary

Pamelli's story starts Brazil. She is brought up by her mother and even though they belong to the middle class, Pamelli has the privilege to study at an exclusive, international school. In 1988 she goes to Paris for the first time and there she meets a worldly Parisian who breaks her heart.

After many decades, Pamelli's finally meets her true love and moves to the U.S. to be with him. Her "Paris time" and the man who was part of it become a mere "souvenir" of her youth and "I Dream of Paris" becomes a travel memoir.


Rio, Paris, Morocco

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Twist

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Pamelli

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Educated, Naive, Outspoken, Perseverance, Sophisticated, Romantic, Adventurous, Decisive,Outspoken,Romantic,Sophisticated,Insecure,Naive,Adventurous,Skillful,Flexible,Decisive

Additional Character Details

Name: Dona Ilma - Pamelli's mother

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Blunt, Beautiful, Charming, Decisive, Manipulative, Sexy, Sophisticated, Seductive, Heartthrob, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Confident, Educated, Funny, Engaging,Sexy,Outspoken,Engaging,Sarcastic,Heartthrob,Seductive,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Charles

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Sophisticated, Charming, Educated, Lone Wolf, Seductive, Complex, Confident,Confident,Skillful,Seductive,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Marina

Age: 22 (Pamelli's friend)

Gender: Female

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Sexy,Confident,Empathetic,Faithful

Development Pitch

Pamelli has had a very international upbringing at the American School of Brasília and Rio de Janeiro. She always dreamed of going to France, saves money for a couple of years and finally goes there in her 20's for a semester as a student at Paris' Alliance Française. There she lives the life of a typical student from overseas....With very little money and having to work as a housemaid at a French household. She then meets an older and sophisticated Frenchman (Charles) who eventually becomes her lover. She falls for him but it is not reciprocal. At the end of her stay in Paris, she finally has to leave to go back to Brazil and the fact that Charles does not ask her to stay with him breaks her heart. She goes back to her old work in Rio and a year later meets Charles again for a final encounter and trip to Morocco. He breaks her heart a second time and that's when she finally decides to put a stop, once and for all, to their relationship. In the end , she finally finds her true love with an American, in Saint Augustine, Florida.

About The Author

Isabela Pamelli Martins was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a degree in Anthropology and History from the University of Texas and a degree in French from Alliance Française. She lives part of the year in Austin, Texas and part in Saint Augustine, Florida. She is married, childfree and has a rescued chihuahua named Kiara.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available



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