The Balcony

The Balcony

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What if our homes could tell the stories of others who lived there before us? Set in a small village near Paris, The Balcony follows the inhabitants of a single estate--including a manor and a servants' cottage--over the course of several generations, from the Belle Époque to the present day, introducing us to a fascinating cast of characters. A young American au pair develops a crush on her brilliant employer. An ex-courtesan shocks the servants, a Jewish couple in hiding from the Gestapo attract the curiosity of the neighbors, and a housewife begins an affair while renovating her downstairs. Rich and poor, young and old, powerful and persecuted, all of these people are seeking something: meaning, love, a new beginning, or merely survival. Throughout, cross-generational connections and troubled legacies haunt the same spaces, so that the rose garden, the forest pond, and the balcony off the manor's third floor bedroom become silent witnesses to a century of human drama. In her debut, Jane Delury writes with masterful economy and profound wisdom about growing up, growing old, marriage, infidelity, motherhood--in other words, about life--weaving a gorgeous tapestry of relationships, life-altering choices, and fleeting moments across the frame of the twentieth century. A sumptuous narrative of place that burrows deep into individual lives to reveal hidden regrets, resentments, and desires, The Balcony is brimming with compassion, natural beauty, and unmistakable humanity.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316554671
0316554677
Branch Call Number: FICTION DELUR...J
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 22 cm

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Apr 11, 2018

The house and the cottage of the Léger estate in Benneville connect epochs and generations with themes of infidelity, war, country-city. Lovely writing that slips between films by Renoir and Rohmer, it is a debut sketchbook, not a novel. Memorists, fans of French literature and film, will love it, even in its fragments.

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