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The Paris hours

by George, Alex, 1970-

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"Like All the Light We Cannot See , The Paris Hours explores the brutality of war and its lingering effects with cinematic intensity. The ending will leave you breathless." --Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train and A Piece of the World

One day in the City of Light. One night in search of lost time.

Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians, a glittering crucible of genius. But amidst the dazzling creativity of the city's most famous citizens, four regular people are each searching for something they've lost.

Camille was the maid of Marcel Proust, and she has a secret: when she was asked to burn her employer's notebooks, she saved one for herself. Now she is desperate to find it before her betrayal is revealed. Souren, an Armenian refugee, performs puppet shows for children that are nothing like the fairy tales they expect. Lovesick artist Guillaume is down on his luck and running from a debt he cannot repay--but when Gertrude Stein walks into his studio, he wonders if this is the day everything could change. And Jean-Paul is a journalist who tells other people's stories, because his own is too painful to tell. When the quartet's paths finally cross in an unforgettable climax, each discovers if they will find what they are looking for.

Told over the course of a single day in 1927, Alex George's The Paris Hours takes four ordinary people whose stories, told together, are as extraordinary as the glorious city they inhabit.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Jazz Age Paris continues to fascinate, and George taps into that wellspring of interest with this enchanting historical novel about four ordinary people on one day in 1927, with flashbacks providing backstory. Like the film Midnight in Paris, the novel features appearances from some of the artistic types living in Paris during the Jazz Age: Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Beach, Gertrude Stein, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet, and more. All of them play supporting roles to the four, variously tormented leads: Camille, Proust's maid, searches for a volume of her employer's journal that she secretly kept after his death in 1922 and then lost; puppeteer Souren, who faced his own Sophie's Choice during the Armenian genocide, looks for salvation; painter Guillaume hopes that Gertrude Stein will set his life back on course; and writer Jean-Paul is marred by a WWI tragedy. As these four walk the sumptuously evoked streets, George cleverly brings their stories together in a stunning finale that should feel contrived but somehow doesn't. Or maybe we just don't care because the novel has put us under the spell of the City of Light yet again."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in Paris over 24 hours in summer 1927, George's engrossing third novel (after Setting Free the Kites) interweaves the lives of four characters struggling with loss, loneliness, and secrets. A decade after Turkish forces drove Souren Balakian from his home in Anatolia, he attempts to exorcize terrifying memories through his puppet shows. Before fleeing Paris to avoid reprisal for unpaid debts, Guillaume Blanc decides to meet the daughter he believes was born from his tryst with a trapeze artist 10 years earlier. Camille Clermont has saved one of the notebooks her late employer, Marcel Proust, asked her to burn; when her husband sells it without her permission, she fears that a shameful secret she confided to Proust will become public. Journalist Jean-Paul Maillard interviews luminaries such as Josephine Baker, but his heart is in the unpublished book he wrote about his infant daughter, Elodie, who disappeared in 1918 amid the German shelling that killed his wife. By evoking fictional characters and historical figures with equal vividness and wisely using repeated motifs (a Ravel piece, a prostitute, a club, a painting), George unites his narratives in a surprising yet wholly convincing denouement. Elegant and evocative, this will have special appeal for lovers of Paris and fans of Paula McLain's The Paris Wife. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Artists -- Fiction.
Authors -- Fiction.
Women household employees -- Fiction.
Paris (France) -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description x, 258 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781250307187
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