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Haunting Paris by Mamta Chaudhry

Haunting Paris

Haunting Paris by Mamta Chaudhry
Jun 18, 2019 | 288 Pages
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“This fine first novel explores the ways history abides in the streets and monuments of an old city, and in the human souls who love it and grieve for it and struggle to forgive it. This book is a small parable, pondering the nature of civilization itself.”
–Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Gilead

“This is a powerful and moving first novel. Reading it, I thought of Patrick Modiano and W. G. Sebald, master novelists similarly haunted by the horrors of WW II and the occupation of France. It’s audaciously, imaginatively constructed, with a heartbreaking, profoundly adult love story at its center.”
–Russell Banks, author of Cloudsplitter and Continental Drift

Haunting Paris explores dark questions–loss, grief, unforgiveable crimes–but the novel itself is full of light and life and beauty.  All the characters, even Coco the dog, seem touched with grace as Mamta Chaudhry tells her absorbing story.  A wonderful debut.”
–Margot Livesey, New York Times bestselling author of Mercury and The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Haunting Paris is not only a love letter to the Paris of birdcage elevators and wrought iron peacocks but also a submersion into one of that city’s darkest periods, a visceral account of the quotidian labor of living with absence, and a reminder of the myriad ways in which we encounter voices from beyond the grave.  Mamta Chaudhry’s novel is wonderfully moving.”
–Jim Shepard, author of The Book of Aron and The World to Come

“Through pianist Sylvie and the flâneur ghost of Julien, Haunting Paris connects the living with our past. This extraordinary debut truly is haunting.”
–Meg Waite Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Race for Paris

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