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The Strays of Paris - Jane Smiley

The Strays of Paris - Jane Smiley

Title: The Strays of Paris

Author:  Jane Smiley

ISBN:  9781529052978

Weight:  755 g

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The Strays of Paris by Jane Smiley

From Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres, The Strays of Paris is a captivating story of a group of extraordinary animals – and one little boy – whose lives cross paths in Paris.

Paras is a spirited young racehorse living in a stable in the French countryside.  That is until one afternoon when she pushes open the gate of her stall and, travelling through the night, arrives quite by chance in the dazzling streets of Paris.

She soon meets a German shorthaired pointer named Frida, two irrepressible ducks and an opinionated crow, and life amongst the animals in the city’s lush green spaces is enjoyable for a time.  But everything changes when Paras meets a human boy, Étienne, and discovers a new, otherworldly part of Paris: the secluded, ivy-walled house where the boy and his nearly one-hundred-year-old great-grandmother live quietly and keep to themselves.  As the cold weather of Christmas nears, the unlikeliest of friendships blooms between human and animals.

But how long can a runaway horse live undiscovered in Paris?  And how long can one boy keep her all to himself?  Charming and beguiling in equal measure, Jane Smiley’s novel celebrates the intrinsic need for friendship, love and freedom, whoever you may be…

Peer & Press Reviews

The life-affirming grownup fable we all need right about now…  It might just be the perfect antidote for 2020…  Jane Smiley has created a world where kindness is king, and that’s exactly where I want to be.

Washington Independent Review of Books

In her sensuous responsiveness to the facts of the world, Smiley has started to look like the best living American novelist.


In an era beset by polarization and even violent tribalism, it feels like a gift to find a novel in which characters of different species – with different desires and instincts – come together to build a community.

Los Angeles Times

Bibliographic Info

TitleThe Strays of Paris
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn a signature page, tipped-in before the title page.
(Printed on this page is the title and the phrase ‘Signed by the author’.)
Book Stats
PublisherPan Macmillan
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781529052978
FormatHardcover [pictorial boards], no dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)223 x 142 x 27mm
Image and Design Credits
Cover designMel Four / Pan Macmillan Art Department
Cover illustrationMel Four / Pan Macmillan Art Department
Endpaper mapRodica Prato
Frontispiece Illustr.Dmytro Kozlov / Dreamstime

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