Paris Never Leaves You

Paris Never Leaves You

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"Living through WWII working in a Paris bookstore with her young daughter, Vivi, and fighting for her life, Charlotte is no victim, she is a survivor. But can she survive the next chapter of her life? Alternating between wartime Paris and 1950s New York publishing, Paris Never Leaves You is an extraordinary story of resilience, love, and impossible choices, exploring how survival never comes without a cost. The war is over, but the past is never past."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2020
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250759894
Branch Call Number: FICTION FELDM...E
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 22 cm
Notes: Includes interview with author and reading group questions


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Jul 28, 2020

When we as human beings live through a time of extreme crisis, the moral choices that have to be made are not always clearly defined. Two people with identical backgrounds and beliefs can make totally different choices in the midst of war and chaos. Charlotte survived the German occupation of Paris along with her daughter Vivi. They were able to emigrate to New York City with help from a couple who sponsored them along with providing an apartment and a job. Why can't Charlotte move on? Is it the anti-semitism around her? What role do the mysterious letters coming from Colombia play in her unrest? If you had been in Charlotte's shoes, what would you have done? Ellen Feldman does a fantastic job of writing a story that leads to soul-searching for the reader. I will not soon forget Charlotte. How would her experience have been different had she been a woman of faith? That would be one of many issues a book group could discuss concerning this compelling set in WW II Paris and post-war New York City.


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