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Summary

From the best-selling author of The Weird Sisters comes an enchanting tale of self-discovery that will strike a chord with anyone who has ever felt they've lost their way.

Chicago, 1999. Madeleine is trapped - by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband - in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. But when she finds a diary detailing her grandmother Margie's trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets a woman she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict family and spent a summer living on her own and falling for a charismatic artist.

When Madeleine's marriage is threatened, she escapes to her hometown to stay with her disapproving mother. Shaken by the revelation of a family secret and inspired by her grandmother's bravery, Madeleine creates her own summer of joy.

In reconnecting with her love of painting and cultivating a new circle of friends, the chance of a new life emerges - but will she be bold enough take it?

©2016 Eleanor Brown (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"I adored The Light of Paris. It's so lovely and big-hearted." (Jojo Moyes)
"Soulfulness and emotional insight meet laugh-out-loud humour." (Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife)
"The Light of Paris is a warm and illuminating novel of great hope and heart." (Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times best-selling author of Beach Town and Ladies' Night)

Praise for The Weird Sisters:
"It's I Capture the Castle meets The Virgin Suicides, an eccentric and totally irresistible read." (Glamour)
"Three sisters, as different in temperament as King Lear's daughters, each return to their parental home, harbouring secrets.... A funny and insightful mirror to reality." (Easy Living)
"If you didn't know, you'd never guess that this thoroughly enjoyable novel was the author's first." (Daily Mail)
"What a joy to read. What a voice." (Helen Simonson, best-selling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand)
"5 stars." (Heat Magazine)
"Bright, literate debut...the stage clearly belongs to the sisters; Hamlet's witches would be proud of the toil and trouble they stir up." (Publisher's Weekly)

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