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The Paris Hours One Day In The City Of Lights 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 LostCamille 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 ForTold Over The Course Of A Single Day In , The Paris Hours Takes Four Ordinary People Whose Stories, Told Together, Are As Extraordinary As The Glorious City They Inhabit Set in Paris in 1927, the City of Lights, vibrates with artists of all kinds However, the story gives the center stage to four ordinary people, who rub elbows with famous artists By meeting another person, they learn something about themselves And sometimes what one person needs is simply kindness.Armenian refugee, Souren Balakian, escapes brutality of his native country imposed by invading Turks Being forced from their homes and driven eastwards, into the Syrian desert, to die He makes his way to Europe, remembering his mother s words, there were than three hundred types of cheese made in France And he intended to eat every one of them When he understands what makes him safe, being invisible, he takes his life in that direction by creating puppets and performing at the Luxembourg Gardens, beneath the chestnut trees where he waits for children to come Escaping his brutal past and through an encounter with another person, he realizes what he s been craving the most is human kindness.Guillaume Blanc escapes a small French country place and dreams of joining the ranks of the famous Parisian artists He is struggling for now, but his fate might be changing today with a new patron, American novelist and art collector Gertrude Stein She is to come and view his collection.Jean Paul Maillard, a journalist, dreams of America The first Americans he met were soldiers When he thinks of America, he thinks of hope He likes to observe the world, rather than be observed He likes telling other people s stories, rather than revealing his own, which also explains why he is a journalist When he interviews Josephine Baker, American born French entertainer, she reveals how different her life was in America and that s why she made France her home He realizes that her celebrity is a mask and now he needs to face his Camille Clermont, once the maid for Marcel Proust, now she visits his grave with her daughter every week While working for Proust, she gets surprised when he asks her about her childhood How a man of such status who spends evenings with duchesses wearing tiaras could be interested in a simple country girl He tells her why and he also tells her, The only place where you can regain lost paradise is in yourself What he gives her is her independence.Each of the characters tries to escape the past, at least some aspect of it, but by escaping it they can t free themselves from what haunts them They need to face it By encountering another person, it helps them learn something about themselves Some see the mirror image of their experience some see how little it takes to make another person happy Through their life journeys we get a glimpse at their life lessons, which may even mirror some of ours This is than just a touching read It has a deeper meaning It s up to you if you want to tap into it and learn a deeper message.The events happen over one day, but the stories of protagonists alternate between the present day and their pasts, revealing deeply touching stories, taking a reader on a very engaging journey and leaving with a lingering effect Masterfully written and evoking human emotions, this story weaves human natures and touches upon many depths of not only those characters but also ours Thus, creating the deep connection with the story Source ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is first and foremost a work of literary fiction I inhaled the pages because of the enhanced prose every word and sentence was bewitching The author took one day in the life of four characters and turned it into a beautiful story Set in post WWI Paris, four ordinary people begin an ordinary day until their paths cross.Mostly, the first few chapters start out with the characters everyday routines Some ordinary stuff But the polished language made these everyday things seem fascinating As the story progresses, their past is revealed in flashbacks Secrets, regret, loss, and betrayal loom in the shadows as each character continues throughout their day.Chapters are short and the pacing is good The cast of characters is colorful and engaging It took me a few chapters in the beginning to remember which character was which Chapters are narrated by each of the four different characters If you do not like prolific writing or if you want mega fast paced, then this probably isn t for you.Thank you to Flatiron books for sending me an advance copy Opinions are my own. Update great book..It was fitting that I read this wonderful novel in one day.as the entire novel takes place in a single day It s truly transporting and immensely satisfying.exactly my favorite type of fiction great old fashion page turning storytelling Having been a fan of two other books by Alex George A Good American , and Setting Free The Kites.I didn t hesitate for a second to read another book by Alex George He s a top notched skillful storyteller In the Author s notes we learn that Alex went to boarding school in Paris at age 13 Alex lives in Missouri today Ten years after boarding school he returned to Paris, working as an attorney for an international law firm He said When I sat down to write this book, it was a joy to revisit some of my old haunts But writing about Paris is not without its challenges After all, there are already books and movies set in the French capital than there are croissants in the city s boulangeries The symbol of Paris is the most recognizable architectural structure on the planet So how to tell a story that offered a fresh perspective One of the ways Alex accomplished freshness was that he set the novel on the streets and parks where real every day Parisians lived and worked away from the famous tourist attractions He are so set the story in 1927, back when the city was in a post war explosion of creative brilliance populated by an army of geniuses whose artistic legacies survive to this day Some of those characters appear in the book, but by design they exist on the periphery of the novel, not at heart Paris was between wars Regular people were all searching for something they loss Alex unfolds this story with grace gorgeous lyrical prose with interesting, complex characters each who have a story to tell He explores the brutality of war, love, longing, betrayal, and history.so exquisitely that I never wanted to set this book down and didn t from start to finish one day in Paris one day read here at home When I got to the ending pages I almost forgot to breathe.as it was one of the most jaw dropping powerful endings that I ve read in years You ll meet Camille Clermont and her 10 year old daughter, Marie who had worked for Marcel Proust The famous French novelist, critic, and essayist 1871 1922A little sample dialogue Since 1922, five years, Camille Clermont had been coming to visit Proust s grave He had been her employer Marie watches her mother crying uncontrollably and asks, was he a nice man Oh yes He was very nice Very kind I wish you could ve known him better she smiles down at her daughter But he thought children were best enjoyed at a distance He didn t have children himself Goodness no, Camille laughs and shakes her head He had the characters in his books, though They were his children, I suppose Did you love him , asks Marie Very much More than papa Oh no Never than papa And in a very different way Different how It s like you and Irene In some ways We shared secrets, just like you and Irene That s why I come and put flowers on his grave I come to say hello, and to tell him that I miss him, and to say thank you for his friendship And, she thinks but does not say, to tell him that I am sorry for my betrayal And to forgive him for his You ll meet Guillaume Blanc an artist who can t afford his rent can t afford to eat achingly love sick and was running from a debt he couldn t repay.You ll meet Souren Balakian, an Armenian refugee who performs puppet shows for children not your ordinary fairy tale stories.You ll meet Emile Brataille an art dealer who came to Paris to declare his love to Therese, a prostitute Jean Paul Maillard is a journalist who dreams of America Josephine Baker, Ernest Hemingway, and the streets of Paris are irresistibly celebrated.This novel consumed me as it will every reader who loves riveting intimate storytelling Note it wasn t a sacrifice at all to turn off my phone turn off the world around me for a day.it was reading heaven I do apologize to friends I owe messages to I promise to return to our present lives together, soon Many thanks for an advance copy from Flatiron Books This book will be released in stores early May WONDERFUL.HIGHLY RECOMMEND The Paris Hours is set during a single day in 1927 I LOVED THAT I also loved the storytelling and was completely swept up in this most memorable story More thoughts to come when I can collect them.I received a gifted copy from the publisher All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader

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