The Light of Paris

Author(s): Eleanor Brown
Original Publish Date: Jul 12, 2016
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.52 hours)
Product Number: Z100113960
Released: Jul 12, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780451484840
Narrator/s: Cassandra Campbell
Publisher: Books on Tape
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"I adored The Light of Paris. It's so lovely and big-hearted—it made me long for Paris."—Jojo Moyes, New York Times-bestselling author of Me Before You and After You The miraculous novel from the New York Times–bestselling author of The Weird Sisters—a sensation beloved by critics and readers alike. Madeleine is trapped—by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears—in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside, it looks like she has everything, but on the inside, she fears she has nothing that matters. In Madeleine's memories, her grandmother Margie is the kind of woman she should have been—elegant, reserved, perfect. But when Madeleine finds a diary detailing Margie's bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in cafes, living on her own, and falling for a charismatic artist. Despite her unhappiness, when Madeleine's marriage is threatened, she panics, escaping to her hometown and staying with her critical, disapproving mother. In that unlikely place, shaken by the revelation of a long-hidden family secret and inspired by her grandmother's bravery, Madeleine creates her own Parisian summer—reconnecting to her love of painting, cultivating a vibrant circle of creative friends, and finding a kindred spirit in a down-to-earth chef who reminds her to feed both her body and her heart. Margie and Madeleine's stories intertwine to explore the joys and risks of living life on our own terms, of defying the rules that hold us back from our dreams, and of becoming the people we are meant to be.

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Author(s): Eleanor Brown
Product Number EB00628193
Released: Jul 12, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN: #9780399573736

Professional reviews

"The parallels in the lives of Madeline and her grandmother, Margie, are brought to life by narrator Cassandra Campbell. Her even, detached delivery suits the two main characters, who are emotionally disengaged from their lives. Grandmother Margie is the more interesting character, and the listener roots for her as she finds, at least temporarily, an escape from her unimaginative preordained life. Empathy follows as as the constraints of her world in 1919 once again narrow her existence. Madeline, living in 1999, is a less sympathetic character as her inertia keeps her stuck, obsessing about her unsatisfying life and complaining about her mother and husband instead of taking responsibility and effecting change. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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