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The Paris Library: A Novel Hardcover – 9 February 2021

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria Books (9 February 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982134194
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982134198
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 3.81 x 22.86 cm
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As a Parisian, an ardent bookworm, and a longtime fan of the American Library in Paris, I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp. It is charming and moving, with a perfect balance between history and fiction. -- Tatiana de Rosnay, New York Times bestselling author of Sarah's Key<br \><br \> A fresh take on WWII France that will appeal to bibliophiles everywhere. I fell in love with Odile and Lily, with their struggles and triumphs, from the very first page. Meticulously researched, The Paris Library is an irresistible, compelling read. -- Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls<br \><br \> 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<br \><br \>"Having lived in an apartment just above the current location of the American Library in Paris, I've always felt connected to the institution and wondered about its story, so I'm grateful to Janet Skeslien Charles for penning such a vivid, enjoyable, based-on-a-true-story tale. 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names<br \><br \>"Intelligent and sensuously rich....A novel tailor-made for those who cherish books and libraries." Kirkus Reviews

"A love letter to Paris, the power of books, and the beauty of intergenerational friendship." --Booklist

"Delightful...richly detailed...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

About the Author

Janet Skeslien Charles is the award-winning author of Moonlight in Odessa, which was published in ten languages. Her shorter work has appeared in revues such as Slice and Montana Noir. Janet first became interested in the incredible true story of the librarians who stood up to the Nazi Book Protector when she worked as the program s manager at the American Library in Paris. Her novel The Paris Library will be published in seventeen countries. She divides her time between Montana and Paris. Visit her at JSkeslienCharles.com or connect with her on Twitter @skesliencharles.

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