Readers place: Escape to gay Paree!
Do you dream of escaping to the City of Light to get away from our dark, short days here? [Warning: Paris in the winter is also cold, dark and wet.] If you can’t get away, here are some titles to dream – perchance to plan – by.
Last Christmas in Paris: a novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. 2017. FIC Gaynor Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict–but how?– and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears–and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?
Paris by the book: a novel by Liam Callanan. 2018. FIC Callahan
When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris. Upon their arrival, Leah discovers an unfinished manuscript by Robert, set in Paris. The Eady women follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell. Leah’s biggest surprise comes when she hears herself accepting the offer on the spot. As the family settles into their new Parisian life, they can’t help but trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, including Madeline and The Red Balloon, hoping more clues arise.
Death in Paris by Emilia Bernhard. 2018. FIC Bernhard
When French financier Edgar Bowen drowns in a bowl of soup, his former girlfriend, American Rachel Levis, is alarmed by the unnatural death. Who dies eating a nice vichyssoise? But when she overhears a mourner at his funeral describing the circumstances of his death, something sounds even stranger: a bottle of rosé was on the dining table when he died. The only problem: Edgar loathed rosé. If he wasn’t drinking it, who was? After the police rule the death accidental, Rachel knows it’s up to her and her best friend Magda to investigate.
L’appart: the delights and disasters of making my Paris home by David Lebovitz. 2017. BIOG Lebovitz When bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz began the project of updating his apartment in his adopted home city, he never imagined he would encounter so much inexplicable red tape while contending with the famously inconsistent European work ethic and hours. Lebovitz maintains his distinctive sense of humor with the help of his partner Romain, peppering this renovation story with recipes from his Paris kitchen.
Compiled by Ina Rimpau