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Paris by the Book

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Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan
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Jan 15, 2019 | ISBN 9781101986295

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“Sublime . . . Callanan has crafted a beautifully drawn portrait of a woman interrupted, set among the exquisite magic of Paris, where life frequently imitates art as the ghosts of the past linger just out of sight.” 
Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“Callanan has woven a tale of grief, resentment, and the everyday madness of equivocating the unfathomable. . . . Callanan’s sweet and compulsively readable tale invites readers to fall in love with Paris, Leah, and her family.” 

“A love letter to reading, writing, and all things French, Paris by the Book combines a charming first-person protagonist, a nuanced family drama, and the magic of Paris.”
ShelfAwareness (starred review)

“Liam Callanan’s spirited Paris by the Book offers a near-irresistible package of twin glories, Paris and books (love of reading), delivering vibrant tours of each. . . . [A] witty mystery-adventure.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“Both playful and serious . . . Liam Callanan’s new novel has two ingredients that make booksellers and readers swoon: Paris and bookstores . . . a must for fans of The Red Balloon and the Madeline stories. 
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Paris by the Book is inherently addicting, thrilling, and literary in more ways than one.”
—Michigan Daily

“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, National Book Award finalist author of Pachinko

“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, author of The Excellent Lombards and A Map of the World

“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, author of Mercury and The Flight of Gemma Hardy
“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, author of Cruel Beautiful World

“Liam Callanan’s new novel is charming and full of fabled accordion music and wonderfully Márquezian 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, author of Ill Will

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