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The Paper Palace: The New York Times Number One Bestseller Kindle Edition
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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
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, author of Miss Benson's Beetle
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
This accomplished family saga is gripping and poetic, capturing the complexity of the human heart― Daily Mirror
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 --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Publisher
- ASIN : B08KXHVNS8
- Publisher : Penguin (8 July 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1243 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 385 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 24 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Elle doesn't like Conrad. It seems no one does.
The novel follows Elle and Jonas throughout their lives in the form of flashbacks. Although there have often been large gaps where Elle and Jonas have lost touch, once they re-unite their friendship and bond is as strong as ever. An incident in childhood has shaped both of their lives forever. As middle-aged couples, Elle and Peter, Jonas and Gina form a strong friendship and enjoy activities together along with their children. Until one day when the special bond between Jonas and Elle refuses to be denied.
I really enjoyed this story. We really get to know the characters well through the clever structure which gives us little peeps into their pasts that shapes them all. Like life, nothing is as it seems as secrets spread their tentacles into everyone's lives forcing choices they might not ever have made had certain events never happened. Wonderfully immersive, I recommend this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Too many characters, too much flitting back & forth in time (every section like this lasted a couple of pages that was all then you're back in another time). Then one long chunk that oddly went on too long to set up the great awfulness that has caused all the trouble in this book.
No one was worth caring about not even the main character (despite everything that happened to her), apart from the older sister Anna who is refreshingly herself, and Jonas who doesn't get nearly enough space in the book and was the reason I thought I'd love this book. He's kept far too much in the background, I suppose like a siren call but really the author squandered what might have been a USP for this book. The husband Peter was nauseatingly a stereotype of Hugh Grant - an American's idea of what a posh Brit is like - and actually rude & dismissive. Why stay married to this man? The sex scenes were well described.
The ending was a terrible zero. I get that it was supposed to be mysterious & ambivalent it just felt like an under-cooked roast chicken.
A very episodic read, emotionally & intellectually unsatisfying it was a jumble of good ideas badly executed.
And then there's all the gushing blurbs from authors who are clearly pals - this author is well connected.
Not worth the money, could have been so much better.
Ever since she was a child, "The Paper Palace" had been a place where Elle and her family would spend their holidays. Now married and with children of her own, it is still a place she visits with her family and friends.
Following a rash decision made in the heat of the moment, the story jumps between the past and present, revealing generations of complicated relationships and some questionable, heartbreaking decisions...
OK, so I went in with no expectations and knowing next to nothing about the plot, but I never imagined how invested I'd become in the story. This is compelling, domestic drama at its absolute finest. 👌🏻
One thing that stood out to me was how certain traumatic events can happen to a member of one generation and indirectly affect another. Additionally, without going into too much detail, there were some prime examples of how (in my opinion) parents can fail at protecting their children.
Miranda has nailed everything here from the absolutely stunning imagery to a captivating story. Her writing is fantastic and I just cannot fault it. Put it this way, I loved this book so much I've already ordered a physical copy.
Granted there's some pretty heavy topics I wasn't entirely prepared for, so do be aware of the trigger warnings:
*Some triggers to be aware of in this book are: child abuse, sexual assault, infidelity and non-consensual incest.
I'm not into romance novels but this isn't a romance novel and the storyline has much more to it than that. It follows decades of lies, missed chances, secrets and a life changing incident that shaped Elle and forced her to make a decision she now pains over.
Another story unfolds over twenty-four hours where Elle is confronted with an agonising decision. Does she stay with her steady and loving husband, Peter, or is she determined to not let this opportunity with Jonas pass again. You feel they should never have split and the reader at times does want to see them rekindle their childhood love, but then she is married and has made a commitment. The problem is there is nothing you would dislike about either of these two men.
It is well written, it does keep you guessing but the end is a bit unfortunate - I don't want to say any more for fear of spoiling. Suffice to say the ending will not be to everyone's taste and open to interpretation, so I made up my own