Paris by the Book

Paris by the Book

A Novel

Book - 2018
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A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris

Once a week, I chase men who are not my husband. . . .

When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris.

Hoping to uncover clues--and her husband--Leah sets off for France with her girls. Upon their arrival, she discovers an unfinished manuscript, one Robert had been writing without her knowledge . . . and that he had set in Paris. The Eady girls follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell. Leah finds herself accepting the offer on the spot.

As the family settles into their new Parisian life, they trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, including Madeline and The Red Balloon , hoping more clues arise. But a series of startling discoveries forces Leah to consider that she may not be ready for what solving this mystery might do to her family--and the Paris she thought she knew.

Charming, haunting, and triumphant, Paris by the Book follows one woman's journey as she writes her own story, exploring the power of family and the magic that hides within the pages of a book.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101986271
Branch Call Number: CALLANAN
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 26, 2020

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Apr 14, 2019

After seeing a couple comments I was interested in reading this book. I've been to Paris a couple times and love the city so that made me somewhat familiar with the background.

The book started out very well but soon developed into a tedious Teeter totter of events. The ending was a bit bizarre too. I was left with a feeling of disgust for both the mother and especially her husband.

I would only recommend this book to people who enjoy stories that are bizarre.

Mar 06, 2019

I had high hopes from the blurb but this must be one of the most tediously written books I have ever read. I most certainly will not bother seeking out any other books by this author.

Jan 26, 2019

This novel is more than a story about trying to live in a foreign city (Paris). It is about the challenges that raising a family can bring to both parent-partners individually as well as as a partnership; parenting is really an exercise of resilience. I enjoyed how the author wove French artist (literary and film) into the story line. This is the kind of novel I enjoy reading in preparation of traveling to a new place for the first time.

pswright Jul 22, 2018

This is a terrific read for anyone interested in Paris and the works of Bemelman's and Lamorisse. It almost felt as if the author wanted to write biographies rather than fiction, and though I learned quite a bit about Bemelman's and Lamorisse, I sometimes felt disconnected from the characters and the novel. But I'm still thinking about this book, weeks after having finished it, and that is always a good sign of something intriguing!

DPLPaigeB Mar 10, 2018

One of my favorite new books of 2018! Mystery, family, Paris, The Red Balloon, Madeline - an adventure in Paris with honesty, love and a passion for books. For more Paris book recommendations explore Liam Callanan's book recommendations, books that Leah mentions and websites.


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