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The Paris Library

(2020)
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IN THE DARKNESS OF WAR, THE LIGHT OF BOOKS

'A wonderful novel celebrating the power of books and libraries to change people's lives' Jill Mansell
'Heart-breaking and heart-lifting and always enchanting' Ruth Hogan

'I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp . . . charming and moving' Tatiana de Rosnay
'An irresistible, compelling read' Fiona Davis
'Paris and libraries. What's not to love?!' Natasha Lester
'Compelling' Woman & Home
'Delightful, richly detailed' Publishers' Weekly

PARIS, 1939
Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and her new job at the American Library in Paris - with its thriving community of students, writers and book lovers - is a dream come true. When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes.
In Occupied Paris, choices as black and white as the words on a page become a murky shade of grey - choices that will put many on the wrong side of history, and the consequences of which will echo for decades to come.

MONTANA, 1983
Lily is a lonely teenage desperate to escape small-town Montana. She grows close to her neighbour Odile, discovering they share the same love of language, the same longings. But as Lily uncovers more about Odile's mysterious past, she discovers a dark secret, closely guarded and long hidden.

Based on the true Second World War story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable novel of romance, friendship, family, and of heroism found in the quietest of places.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"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

"Heart-breaking and heart-lifting and always enchanting." - Ruth Hogan

"A wonderful novel celebrating the power of books and libraries to change people's lives." - Jill Mansell

"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

"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


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June 2020 : USA Library Binding

Title: The Paris Library
Author(s): Janet Skeslien Charles
ISBN: 1-4328-7968-5 / 978-1-4328-7968-6 (USA edition)
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Title: The Paris Library: a novel of courage and betrayal in Occupied Paris
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Title: The Paris Library: a novel of courage and betrayal in Occupied Paris
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Title: The Paris Library: A Novel
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Title: The Paris Library
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Title: The Paris Library
Author(s): Janet Skeslien Charles
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February 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Paris Library: A Novel
Author(s): Janet Skeslien Charles
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Title: The Paris Library
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Title: The Paris Library: A Novel
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Title: The Paris Library: a novel of courage and betrayal in Occupied Paris
Author(s): Janet Skeslien Charles
Publisher: Two Roads
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