Paris by the Book
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 (