Paris by the Book (Hardcover)

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“What are the stages of grief? Can love evolve into something unhealthy, or become an obsession? Leah Eady thought she had the perfect marriage, the perfect family, the perfect life. Until she didn’t. Until Robert, her husband and the father of two teenage girls, went for a jog and never returned. Following little clues like breadcrumbs, she and her two teenage daughters leave Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Paris, France, trying to second-guess the footsteps of the missing husband and father. They are a family trying to reinvent themselves and move forward – invest in a bookstore, start school, make new friends...  Robert, missing and missed, is reflected in every action his family takes; he haunts every page of this novel.  As readers keep turning pages, their hearts will break just like mine did.”

- Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale

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A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. Heading off in search of its author, a mother and her daughters find themselves in France, rescuing a failing bookstore and drawing closer to unexpected truths.

Once a week, I chase men who are not my husband. . . .

When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris.

Hoping to uncover clues--and her husband--Leah sets off for France with her girls. Upon their arrival, she discovers an unfinished manuscript, one Robert had been writing without her knowledge . . . and that he had set in Paris. The Eady women follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell. The whole store? Today? Yes, but Leah's biggest surprise comes when she hears herself accepting the offer on the spot.

As the family settles into their new Parisian life, they can't help but trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, including Madeline and The Red Balloon, hoping more clues arise. But a series of startling discoveries forces Leah to consider that she may not be ready for what solving this mystery might do to her family--and the Paris she thought she knew.

At once haunting and charming, Paris by the Book follows one woman's journey as her story is being rewritten, exploring the power of family and the magic that hides within the pages of a book.

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 the 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 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he lives in Wisconsin with his wife and daughters.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101986271
ISBN-10: 1101986271
Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Pages: 368
Language: English