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The Paris Library - Janet Skeslien Charles

The Paris Library - Janet Skeslien Charles

Title: The Paris Library

Author:  Janet Skeslien Charles

ISBN:  9781529335446

Weight:  941 g

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The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

PARIS, 1939
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.

Peer & Press Reviews

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

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

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, author of The Book of Lost Names

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Paris Library
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page.
(Printed on this page is confirmation the book is a first edition, the author’s name, the title, and the phrase ‘Signed by the author’.)
Book Stats
PublisherJohn Murray Press
ImprintTwo Roads
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 139781529335446
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 144 x 39mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photographAnna Tochter
DesignJames Jacobelli
Jacket photographElisabeth Ansley / Trevillion Images (woman)
Jacket imagesGetty Images And Shutterstock (background)
ALP logo© The American Library in Paris

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