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AS A YOUNG GIRL of 8 or 9 in San Diego, Julie de Libran found a magical passage to another world. She got there through her mother’s wardrobe, but instead of Narnia she emerged back in France, where she had been born and spent her early childhood, and where her dreams ​still lived.

“I remember spending so much time in my mother’s closet. That was France. It was her Sonia Rykiel clothes,” she says in a kind of lilting Frenchifornian English. “It was a real culture shock when we arrived in California. My sister and I were…

By (wsj.com)