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The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
Author: Janet Skeslien Charles
Genre: Books Set In Paris | WWII Historical Fiction | Books About Libraries
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
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The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles Summary
Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.
Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.
A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we are—family, friends, and favorite authors—The Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.Atria Books
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Sneak Peek Into TUL’s Advanced Copy Review Of The Paris Library
If you love books about libraries and librarians, The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles is for you. Set against the backdrop of WW2 in Paris, watch as the librarians at The American Library in Paris join the French Resistance in their own bookish way.
I always knew books had power, but The Paris Library brings a whole new meaning to the importance of words and novels.
While I didn’t love Lily’s sub-story — set in Montana — I fully devoured Odile’s devotion to the library during WW2. Based on a true story, you’ll champion these strong women, powerful gaggle of friends and co-workers, and feminist messaging.
Odile is the perfect example of trying to be the best version of yourself, too. Glennon Doyle would be proud.
More About The Author, Janet Skeslien Charles
Janet Skeslien Charles is an award-winning author and worked at The American Library in Paris as a program manager. She currently resides in both Paris and Montana. Read more about Janet Skeslien Charles.
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