The Paper Palace (Hardback)
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The Paper Palace (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 08/07/2021

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Centred on an eminently credible love triangle and the emotional fallout of a chance affair over the course of half a century, Heller's mesmerising novel fizzes with sexual tension and the devastating tragedies that can unwittingly be set in motion.

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

Before anyone else is awake, on a perfect August morning, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the glorious freshwater pond below 'The Paper Palace' – the gently decaying summer camp in the back woods of Cape Cod where her family has spent every summer for generations.

As she passes the house, Elle glances through the screen porch at the uncleared table from the dinner the previous evening; empty wine glasses, candle wax on the tablecloth, echoes of laughter of family and friends. Then she dives beneath the surface of the freezing water to the shocking memory of the sudden passionate encounter she had the night before, up against the wall behind the house, as her husband and mother chatted to the guests inside.

So begins a story that unfolds over twenty-four hours and across fifty years, as decades of family legacies, love, lies, secrets, and one unspeakable incident in her childhood lead Elle to the precipice of a life-changing decision. Over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the world she has made with her much-loved husband, Peter, and the life she imagined would be hers with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn't forever changed the course of their lives.

Tender yet devastating, The Paper Palace is a masterful novel that brilliantly illuminates the tensions between desire and safety; the legacy of tragedy, and the crimes and misdemeanours of families.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241470718
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 629 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A beautifully constructed, wonderfully intelligent and beguiling novel, rich with a multitude of pleasures - William Boyd

It's glorious and gorgeous. I was absolutely immersed and gripped and I'm devastated to have finished it - Marian Keyes

It's been ages since I was so absorbed in a contemporary novel. I loved it - Nick Hornby

In rich and sensuous prose, Cowley Heller, cracks open the human heart and exposes her character's choices: the paths not taken and the devastating consequences. I smelled the old cabins and the backwoods, felt the pond water lapping around my ankles, experienced the love and loss of family. A perceptive and powerful story which will stay with me for a long time - Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground

Tightly woven and immediate, The Paper Palace takes us deep into a vivid summer landscape, a family, and a private, longstanding love story, and holds us there from start to finish - Meg Wolitzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife and The Female Persuasion

I can't think of a more brilliant debut than The Paper Palace. Enticing, assured and multi-layered, it introduces a major new voice in American fiction . . . A marvel - Cressida Connolly

Absolutely phenomenal novel - dazzling writing and utterly addictive. Read it - Rosamund Lupton

It felt as if I read The Paper Palace in one go. It was completely immersive, and shocking, and utterly alive. I loved it - Nina Stibbe

This accomplished family saga is gripping and poetic, capturing the complexity of the human heart - Daily Mirror

The Paper Palace turned out to be the very page-turner I needed. If you want to learn something about love over a long time - how it can hurt, how it can soar - read this book - Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes

A family drama, a forbidden love story, a childhood tragedy, this is a stunning literary debut that will leave you reeling - i

A family drama, a forbidden love story, a childhood tragedy, The Paper Palace is a stunning literary debut that will eat you up and leave you reeling - you won't want it to end - Independent

Miranda Cowley Heller has written a magnificent page-turner, a love story that shimmers with desire, intelligence, and humor. Lush and gorgeously written, The Paper Palace is as intoxicating as a summer night by the sea. I didn't want it to end - Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest

Set in the physical and psychic landscape of Cape Cod, The Paper Palace is a fever dream of a novel, luminous with love and shot through with humor and heartbreak. It is a book that explores the indelibility of childhood, what it means to be shaped by place, and all that is unpredictable about the human heart. I couldn't put it down - Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game

The writing is full of rich detail, evoking the New England landscape . . . this is an absorbing family saga packed with intrigue and complicated characters that transports you to Cape Cod. I can't wait for the adaptation - Evening Standard

Mesmerising . . . A promising debut from a talent to watch - Good Housekeeping

A deliciously lyrical novel . . . weaving between the dangerous yet excitable now and the years of ungodly traumas passed, this masterful tale of childhood love will wash over you like the refreshing, cold waters of The Paper Palace's nearby lake - BUZZ magazine

[Cowley Heller] brings to fiction an understanding of how to layer storylines, as well as an assured feel for dialogue and visual description . . . a skilful portrait - The Oldie, Book of the Month

The Paper Palace paints a vivid picture of family secrets and tensions, against the backdrop of a sun-soaked summer - Take a Break

Miranda Cowley Heller's debut The Paper Palace . . . finds Elle on the point of leaving her near-perfect family life for the visceral thrill of Jonas, green-eyed soul mate of her youthful vacations. With its atmospheric setting and rich backstory, the denouement is set to be an August talking point and a mini-series is already slated.' - Country and Townhouse

A stirring and sensual story - Woman's Weekly

A richly detailed family saga that nods to tales by Johns Cheever and Updike . . . this immersive novel makes for a lushly satisfying read - The Times

Beautifully written, richly compelling, The Paper Palace is as dark and uncompromising as it is tender and lyrical. Here is a love triangle that keeps you turning the pages, a vivid evocation of place, and an exploration of the one of the most unsettling of secrets - Rachel Joyce

A sultry tale of Waspish New England that captures the spirit of Updike and Cheever... A remarkably assured debut with an earthy, intoxicating, shimmering sense of place - Sunday Times

An appealing debut novel - New York Times

· I was totally immersed in the fast-paced narrative that seamlessly wove together past and present. I think you will love this one! - Reese Witherspoon

A tense, evocative tale - Observer

An exquisitely-written page turner - Irish Examiner

Smart, atmospheric and seriously juicy - Stylist

Atmospherically written and skilfully plotted - Mail on Sunday

A family drama, a forbidden love story, a childhood tragedy, The Paper Palace is a stunning literary debut that will eat you up and leave you reeling - you won't want it to end - The Independent

The writing is full of rich detail, evoking the New England landscape...this is an absorbing family saga packed with intrigue and complicated characters that transports you to Cape Cod. I can't wait for the adaptation - Evening Standard

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“A day in summer that is full of secrets…”

Set in a sprawling set of cabins in the woods by the Cape – The Paper palace – home for generations to Elle and her family. Every summer she goes there with her husband, three children and her mother. This story is... More

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“Painfully brilliant story”

Having stayed up far too late last night to finish The Paper Palace, I still feel gut-punched by the finale. Be warned, this is not a light and easy read. It is powerful, searing and absolutely addictive. Brilliant... More

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“Sensitive love story”

This richly-textured love story takes place within 24 hours, though most of the book comprises flashbacks depicting Elle’s upbringing and several key incidents. I must admit, I didn’t love it at first as there was too... More

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