Library Assistant Andrea Nelson recommends The Paris Library: A Novel by Janet Skeslien Charles.
Like many young Parisiennes in 1939, the first of two heroines we meet in Janet Skeslien Charles’ The Paris Library is more concerned with day-to-day matters. Fresh out of Library School, Odile longs for employment at the prestigious American Library of Paris, where she could spend her days immersed in a vast and varied collection of books, rare manuscripts, international magazines and newspapers—rubbing shoulders with its quirky patronage of diplomats, writers, expatriates, politicians, and eccentric French bibliophiles.
Meanwhile, across the pond and forty years in the future, we meet a second protagonist. Lily is a brainy misfit facing down the barrel of adolescence in a dusty Montana cow town. Bored, restless, and feeling betrayed by her best friend, she distracts herself by inventing stories about the other misfit that lives next door, an elegant old widow with a mysterious past. . .
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