The first important divorce in Djuna Barnes’ life was her parents’. When her mother finally left her father, she brought Djuna to live with her in New York City. It was just when Greenwich Village was getting really interesting. Djuna fell right in with the glamorous, the oddballs and the rich eccentrics. Her own marriage (to her the brother of her father’s mistress) was forced upon her at 17 and she ran from it in a matter of months. Like many famous artists, early modernists and divorcees, Djuna jumpstarted her creative journey into fiction with a trip to….you guessed it–Paris.