Paris Never Leaves You, by Ellen Feldman, is another novel examining the lives and hardships of people during and after World War II. I read the ARC at the invitation of the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review. A story of survival during the most difficult of circumstances, the book is heartbreaking and maddening as it alternates between 1950s New York and occupied Paris during the war. Simultaneously, it is heartening and I found myself cheering for these lifelike characters.
Charlotte worked in a bookstore in Paris during the war, and kept her daughter, Vivi, with her at work. To say things are not as they appear is an understatement not realized until near the end of the book. Charlotte is not only a survivor, she is a resilient, intelligent, and conniving (in a good way) woman ahead of her time.
The book was beautifully written, and flowed smoothly even with flashbacks. One instance of crude language in the voice of the narrator stood out simply because it appeared nowhere else in the entire book.
If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love Paris Never Leaves You, on sale August 4, 2020. You can pre-order it from Amazon at the bottom of this page.
What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
Most of the things I found in this uncorrected ARC will likely be corrected before publication – some will not. Here’s what I found:
- some foreign language words and phrases not italicized;
- Jeep (trade name) not capitalized;
- several missing commas;
- a question that ends with a period;
- several mis-used verbs: got vs. gotten, has vs. had;
- mixing singular and plural: was vs. were;
- using “in” instead of “into”.