The Paris Library (Hardback)Janet Skeslien Charles (author)
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Based on the heroic wartime exploits of the librarians at the American Library in Occupied Paris, Charles’s sweeping saga jumps between 1940s France and 1980s America with style, grace and intrigue.
Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and her new job at the American Library in Paris - with its thriving community of students, writers and book lovers - is a dream come true. When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes.
In Occupied Paris, choices as black and white as the words on a page become a murky shade of grey - choices that will put many on the wrong side of history, and the consequences of which will echo for decades to come.
Lily is a lonely teenage desperate to escape small-town Montana. She grows close to her neighbour Odile, discovering they share the same love of language, the same longings. But as Lily uncovers more about Odile's mysterious past, she discovers a dark secret, closely guarded and long hidden.
Based on the true Second World War story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable novel of romance, friendship, family, and of heroism found in the quietest of places.
Publisher: John Murray Press
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 532 g
Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 42 mm
'A wonderful novel celebrating the power of books and libraries to change people's lives. Enthralling, moving and based on little-known real events.' - Jill Mansell, author of Maybe This Time
'A book about books, lovers and book lovers - what's not to love? A wonderful tale about a library that provides a beacon of hope in the darkness and despair of war. Heart-breaking and heart-lifting in turn and always enchanting.' - Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things
'As a Parisian, an ardent bookworm , and a longtime fan of the American Library in Paris, I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp. It is charming and moving, with a perfect balance between history and fiction.' - Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key
'A fresh take on WWII France that will appeal to bibliophiles everywhere. I fell in love with Odile and Lily, with their struggles and triumphs, from the very first page. Meticulously researched, The Paris Library is an irresistible, compelling read.' - Fiona Davis, author of The Chelsea Girls
'An irresistible combination of two of my favourite things: Paris and libraries. What's not to love?! Utterly charming.' - Natasha Lester, author of The Paris Orphan
'Compelling.' - Woman & Home
'A delightful chronicle of a woman's life in WWII-era Paris and rural 1980s Montana . . .Charles's richly detailed plot incorporates historical figures from the American Library and highlights the perils of occupied Paris. Historical fiction fans will be drawn to the realistic narrative and the bond of friendship forged between a widow and a lonely young girl.' - Publishers' Weekly
'Having lived in an apartment just above the current location of the American Library in Paris, I've always felt connected to the institution and wondered about its story, so I'm grateful to Janet Skeslien Charles for penning such a vivid, enjoyable, based-on-a-true-story tale. In The Paris Library, the beloved library, its staff, and its subscribers come to life and remind us of both the horrors of World War II and the vital role books play in keeping us afloat in difficult times. Well-researched, stirring, and rich with detail, The Paris Library is an ode to the importance of libraries, books, and the human connections we find within both.' - Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names
'The Paris Library is a refreshing novel that celebrates libraries as cradles of community, especially when we need them the most. It shows how literature can be a means of escape, a catalyst for human connection, and a moral center in grim times. A thoroughly enjoyable read, kind-hearted and brimming with delightful bookish allusions.' - Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
'Intelligent and sensuously rich... A novel tailor-made for those who cherish books and libraries.' - Kirkus Reviews
'A love letter to Paris, the power of books, and the beauty of intergenerational friendship.' - Booklist
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