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Paris by the Book

(2018)
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A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris


Once a week, I chase men who are not my husband. . . .

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.

Hoping to uncover clues--and her husband--Leah sets off for France with her girls. Upon their arrival, she discovers an unfinished manuscript, one Robert had been writing without her knowledge . . . and that he had set in Paris. The Eady girls follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell. Leah finds herself accepting the offer on the spot.

As the family settles into their new Parisian life, they trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, including Madeline and The Red Balloon, hoping more clues arise. But a series of startling discoveries forces Leah to consider that she may not be ready for what solving this mystery might do to her family--and the Paris she thought she knew.

Charming, haunting, and triumphant, Paris by the Book follows one woman's journey as she writes her own story, exploring the power of family and the magic that hides within the pages of a book.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Liam Callanan's new novel is charming and full of fabled accordion music and wonderfully Marquezian magic--and best of all it's told by a narrator I came to love, whose funny, honest, wryly snarky voice drew me in from the first line." - Dan Chaon

"This charming and poignant novel made me fall in love with Paris and all things French. Oh, to own a bookstore in any arrondissement! Within this love story there are reflections on the mystery of writing, the solace of reading, the ties that bind and those that don't, plus the joy of The Red Balloon, to name but a few of the pleasures of Paris by the Book." - Jane Hamilton

"A haunting literary mystery and a multifaceted love story of husbands gone missing, of daughters left behind, of starting over, of books, and finally, of Paris. I love, love this novel." - Caroline Leavitt

"Liam Callanan's Paris by the Book is much more than an elegiac portrait of an artist who has vanished. Here we witness the sacrifices and yearnings of the ones left behind as they continue to love, live, and flourish. Like James Salter's Light Years, Callanan depicts the once seemingly simple conditions of a young marriage and what it takes to let such conditions go." - Min Jin Lee

"In Paris by the Book, the marvelously gifted Liam Callanan tells a spellbinding story of reading and writing, romance and marriage, French frozen food and a small bookshop. I loved walking the streets of Marais with his eloquent narrator. And I loved how Callanan simultaneously reveals the history of her marriage and of her adopted city. Open a bottle of wine, open this wise and wonderful book, and enjoy." - Margot Livesey


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Hardback Editions

August 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Paris by the Book (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Liam Callanan
ISBN: 1-4328-5512-3 / 978-1-4328-5512-3 (USA edition)
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April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Paris by the Book: A Novel
Author(s): Liam Callanan
ISBN: 1-101-98627-1 / 978-1-101-98627-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Paris by the Book: One of the most enchanting and uplifting books
Author(s): Liam Callanan
ISBN: 0-00-828198-X / 978-0-00-828198-4 (UK edition)
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January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Paris by the Book: A Novel
Author(s): Liam Callanan
ISBN: 1-101-98629-8 / 978-1-101-98629-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Paris By the Book Exp
Author(s): Liam Callanan
ISBN: 1-5247-4330-5 / 978-1-5247-4330-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Paris by the Book: One of the most enchanting and uplifting books
Author(s): Liam Callanan
ISBN: 0-00-827366-9 / 978-0-00-827366-8 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Paris by the Book
Author(s): Liam Callanan
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April 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Paris by the Book
Author(s): Liam Callanan
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Paris by the Book
Author(s): Liam Callanan
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Paris by the Book: A Novel
Author(s): Liam Callanan
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Paris by the Book: A Novel
Author(s): Liam Callanan
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Kindle Editions

April 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Paris by the Book: A Novel
Author(s): Liam Callanan
Publisher: Dutton
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April 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Paris by the Book: One of the most enchanting and uplifting books of 2018
Author(s): Liam Callanan
Publisher: HQ
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