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Paris by the Book (Large Print / Library Binding)
April 2018 Indie Next List
“In Paris, there is a bookstore called The Late Edition, where books are shelved geographically, and while readers can find any book by its story's setting, the store's proprietor Leah cannot locate her missing husband and searches for him throughout the city. In Paris by the Book, Paris is equal parts Madeline and The Red Balloon, the children's books that shape Leah's view of the City of Light. I'd compare Callanan's engrossing third novel to The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and The Little Paris Bookshop, but with its confounding but ultimately loveable heroine, there's a bit of Where'd You Go, Bernadette in the story as well. This captivating novel is filled with rich characters, a twisty plot, a bit of mystery, and a heaping dollop of joie de vivre.”
— Daniel Goldin, Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee, WI
Summer 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List
“Fans of Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline series will relish visiting the magical city with Leah Eady, half of a couple brought together in Milwaukee by their shared love of French children’s books. When Robert, a novelist, vanishes, Leah takes her girls to Paris hoping to find him via an unfinished manuscript he’s left behind. Her journey leads her to an English-language bookstore, and, with nothing to lose, Leah says, ‘Mais, oui!’ and buys the floundering business. The store becomes a portal for her and the girls to delve deeper into the city, French classics, and the mystery of the missing Robert. An enchanting read from the author of The Cloud Atlas.”
— Barbara Peters, The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, Scottsdale, AZ
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.