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The Paris Library: A Novel
The Paris Library A Novel
Author: Janet Skeslien Charles
Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife. — Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police of...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781982134198
ISBN-10: 1982134194
Publication Date: 6/2/2020
Pages: 368
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Atria Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 128
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As the title implies, the novel is based on the actual American Library in Paris, primarily during WWII. The Library becomes a safe haven for Odile Souchet, her book-loving coworkers, and their French and ex-pat subscriber/patrons in the midst of war.

A secondary timeline in 1983 Montana features widowed war-bride senior-citizen Odile and Lily, her teen next door neighbor. Odile sets aside self-isolation to help Lily through a challenging time, and the impact on both is life-changing.

I enjoyed many aspects of this story, especially the fact that real people in history inspired Odile's American Library colleagues and patrons. I particularly loved how Dewey Decimal classifications weave the characters and timelines together.
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