Real Fiction Radio Broadcast: June 17, 2020 Noon on WERA-FM 96.7 Arlington, VA
THE PARIS HOURS - Flatiron Books (Macmillan)
A native of England, Alex George is the founder and director of the Unbound Book Festival, the owner of Skylark Bookshop, an independent bookstore in downtown Columbia, Missouri, and the author, most recently, of the novel The Paris Hours. Alex’s previous novels are A Good American and Setting Free the Kites.
The Paris Hours
In glittering 1927 Paris, Josephine Baker dances with Ernest Hemingway, Maurice Ravel plays a lonely piano, and Gertrude Stein hosts her legendary salons. Yet alongside these creative geniuses, a quartet of ordinary men and women are forging their own extraordinary stories.
Since the death of her beloved employer, housemaid Camille has lived with a secret: when Marcel Proust asked her to burn his notebooks, she saved one for herself. Now it has disappeared, and she is desperate to recover it before her betrayal is revealed. Across town, lovesick painter Guillaume is also racing against the clock, with only a few more hours to repay a debt that threatens to bury him alive. Souren, an Armenian refugee, performs puppet shows for children, seeking connection in a city that has never felt like home. While Souren relentlessly relives his tragic past, journalist Jean-Paul is unable to confront his own, searching for his missing daughter in every stranger’s face.
As the hours tick toward midnight, the City of Lights pulls these four characters ever closer, until their paths collide in an unforgettable climax. Symphonic and profound, The Paris Hours shows us that even the forgotten residents of Paris are as dazzling as the glorious city they inhabit.