Paris by the Book (Hardcover)

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Attention lovers of books about Paris, Milwaukee, and bookstores! The primary setting of Paris by the Book is a charming English language bookstore in Marais, Paris, but the story begins in, and has on-going ties to, Milwaukee and Lake Michigan. The complexities of love and family dynamics are mixed with mystery in this heart-churning story.

— Kay

Reading Paris By The Book is akin to Alice’s experience in the rabbit hole where one continues to arrive upon something which leads to something else. Eventually, and before you wish it would happen, you arrive at the end of the tunnel. Lucky for us then that this particular book provides a Parisian reading list for us to follow, like breadcrumbs, to our fill. A love story, a mystery, and a book where place is as big a character as any, we will find ourselves, lose ourselves, and somehow emerge, like Alice, better for the experience. 

— Lori



A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. Heading off in search of its author, a mother and her daughters find themselves in France, rescuing a failing bookstore and drawing closer to unexpected truths.

Once a week, I chase men who are not my husband. . . .

When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris.

Hoping to uncover clues--and her husband--Leah sets off for France with her girls. Upon their arrival, she discovers an unfinished manuscript, one Robert had been writing without her knowledge . . . and that he had set in Paris. The Eady women follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell. The whole store? Today? Yes, but Leah's biggest surprise comes when she hears herself accepting the offer on the spot.

As the family settles into their new Parisian life, they can't help but trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, including Madeline and The Red Balloon, hoping more clues arise. But a series of startling discoveries forces Leah to consider that she may not be ready for what solving this mystery might do to her family--and the Paris she thought she knew.

At once haunting and charming, Paris by the Book follows one woman's journey as her story is being rewritten, exploring the power of family and the magic that hides within the pages of a book.

About the Author

Liam Callanan is a novelist, teacher and journalist, whose first novel, The Cloud Atlas, was a finalist for an Edgar Award. Winner of George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts and Letters, Liam has published in The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle, and has recorded numerous essays for public radio. He's taught for the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and lives in Wisconsin with his wife and daughters.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101986271
ISBN-10: 1101986271
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English