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Paris Never Leaves You Paperback – 28 July 2021
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‘A thrilling achievement...I was thoroughly drawn into a deep, rich, vivid world of engrossing characters and emotional and moral crises...a great piece of writing in every way.' ― Forbes
‘Completely compelling. I tore through it. This novel pivots on how we manage to survive surviving... Charlotte's visceral story will stay with me.’ -- Naomi Wood, New York Times best-selling author of Mrs. Hemingway and The Hiding Game
‘This beautiful novel tells the bittersweet story of a young mother's strength and survival during WWII, effortlessly capturing the terror, immediacy, and inextinguishable human spirit.’ -- Noelle Salazar, author of The Flight Girls
‘An exquisite novel that gives us what we’re hungry for: an intelligent, complex female character who challenges our ideas of right and wrong, morality and immorality. Feldman achieves all of this with admirable precision and wit; she takes aim and does not miss.’ -- Elizabeth J Church, author of All the Beautiful Girls
'With more twists and turns than the back streets of Paris, the story is as propulsively readable as a spy novel, and as rich and psychologically rewarding as only the finest literature can be.’ -- Liza Gyllenhaal, author of Bleeding Heart
‘A powerful exploration of some of the most profound questions about love and loyalty resonates strongly today: What would you do to save your child? What is morality in wartime? How do we make peace with the past?’ -- Christina Lynch, author of The Italian Party
‘A vivid and precise portrait of Paris under German occupation but it is also an exploration of the courage and cowardice of those bitter years, as well as offering a slyly persuasive love story … also giving us a wise and troubling lesson about the great moral crisis of the last century.’ -- Richard Snow, author of Iron Dawn
‘A fluid, rich, and nuanced novel, expertly crafted, guaranteed to follow you around long after you’ve turned the last page. I gulped it down.’ -- Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra, Vera, The Witches, and A Great Improvisation
‘Amid the glut of World War II fiction, Ellen Feldman’s nuanced romance stands out, its shifting sands of perception and reality set against a backdrop of Nazi-occupied Paris.’ ― Australian Women’s Weekly
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- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Australia (28 July 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1761102567
- ISBN-13 : 978-1761102561
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
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Charlotte's feelings for Horace and his for her made a nice backdrop for the second half of the novel set in New York.
Guilt was such a strong emotion throughout the novel.
A German doctor Julian Bauer starts visiting the bookstore, Charlotte is a nervous wreck when he's in the shop, the Germans have a list of banned books, it's called the Otto list and with so many books in the shop it's possible for one of the banned books to be still on the shelves or someone wanting revenge could plant one?
The book has a dual timeline; it goes between wartime in occupied France and New York in the 1950's. It works really well and I had no trouble with following the story.
New York 1950's, Charlotte is now living in the America; she has been sponsored by Horace and Hannah Field. Horace owns a publishing company, he's a returned soldier and Charlotte works for his company reading book manuscripts. Vivi is now fourteen, she's doing well at school, she has friends, and she’s healthy and looks like your typical American teenager. But, Charlotte is struggling; her daughter has started asking questions about her dad Laurent, do they have any relatives living in France, why don't they celebrate traditional Jewish customs and holidays? Charlotte is a nervous wreck, she did things during the war to survive, due to the food shortage she worries about the impact it’s had on her daughter’s health and years later she still doesn't feel safe.
All four major characters in the story have secrets, Charlotte, Julian, Horace and Hannah.
Paris Never Leaves You is a story about choices a mother made for her and her daughter so they both survived WW II and during such a difficult time she had very few options.
I loved the book, the story sets a great pace and it keeps you guessing right until the very end.
If you enjoy WW II Historical Fiction, read Paris Never Leaves You and I gave the book five big stars.