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Paris by the Book, Liam Callanan.

December 6, 2017
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Paris by the Book

Paris by the Book, Liam Callanan.  Dutton Press, 2018.  FORTHCOMING

3 stars

An amusing novel about a woman and her daughters wandering around Paris after their husband/father is “lost”.

Liam Callanan studied at Yale and at Georgetown University, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at George Mason University.  He teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee where he is also active in literacy programs.  This is his second novel to be published.

The plot of this novel centers around an ordinary man, loved by his family, who is simply lost.  The wife and almost teen-aged daughters don’t know what happened to him or even whether he is dead or alive.  The family had all dreamed of going to Paris someday and, when tickets there are found, the remaining family members decide to go there.  Running a bookstore seems a good way to stay in the city, but all three continue to look for, and think they see, the lost man. The situation does not seem like it can last, but it does.

Parts of Paris by the Book are charming, but these are not strong enough to make up for the confusing beginning and ending.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2017 10:55 am

    I think from your review, that this is rather a sad book. Like Waiting for Godot. Looking for and waiting for a father/husband who never turns up. Or does he? 🙂

    • December 7, 2017 12:01 pm

      It isn’t really, which is one of the book’s charms.

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