Paris by the Book

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      Paris by the Book. By Liam Callanan. Apr. 2018.368p. Dutton, $26 (9781101986271). Leah is intensely passionate about Lamorisse's The Red Balloon, both book and movie. Her husband, Robert, [...]
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      HYZY, B. Paris by the Book. Booklist, [s. l.], n. 13, p. 22, 2018. Disponível em: Acesso em: 27 jan. 2020.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 March #1

Leah is intensely passionate about Lamorisse's The Red Balloon, both book and movie. Her husband, Robert, also a Francophile, adores Bemelmans' Madeline series. A children's book author, he often disappears for days to work on his craft. But this time, he never comes back. When Leah finds a clue suggesting his whereabouts, she and her daughters move to Paris in hopes of finding, or maybe forgetting, him. Callanan has woven a tale of grief, resentment, and the everyday madness of equivocating the unfathomable. (Of course, Leah's husband is dead. No, wait, of course, he's not.) Wry and introspective, Leah tries to suppress her thoughts about Robert, yet his disappearance looms on every page. Her daughters, also unsure of how to cope, lash out against her. Thus Callanan captures both how pain can feel perfectly normal and how these characters are only half-aware of their own suffering. Callanan's sweet and compulsively readable tale invites readers to fall in love with Paris, Leah, and her family. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2017 November #2

Plane tickets left behind by Leah's vanished husband, offbeat novelist Robert Eady, send Leah and her daughters to Paris. There, an unfinished manuscript points them to an English-language bookstore that Leah impulsively buys. From award-winning journalist and Edgar finalist Callanan.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 February #4

In the sublime third novel from Callanan (The Cloud Atlas), a Wisconsin woman travels to Paris in search of her missing husband. Leah Eady's author husband, Robert, frequently disappears for a few days to write, and Leah is understanding, but lately, she feels like a single mother to their two daughters, Ellie and Daphne. When Robert fails to return one day, Leah doesn't panic, but after she discovers that Robert purchased a ticket to Paris, she decides to take her girls there, hoping he'll be there waiting for them. Once there, it's not long before they're living above—and eventually running— a failing bookstore called the Late Edition for the eccentric Madame Brouillard. Leah's wryly funny narration jumps between her early days as an aspiring filmmaker with the troubled Robert and her time in Paris, where she imagines seeing Robert everywhere and eventually makes a shocking discovery. Callanan has crafted a beautifully-drawn portrait of a woman interrupted set among the exquisite magic of Paris, where life frequently imitates art and the ghosts of the past linger just out of sight. The mystery of Robert's fate keeps the pages turning, but the real story lies in Leah's rediscovery of herself. Book lovers and Paris aficionados will be enthralled. (Apr.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.