The Paris Hours

The Paris Hours

One day in the City of Lights. One night in search of lost time.

Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians, a glittering crucible of genius. But amidst the dazzling creativity of the city’s most famous citizens, four regular people are each searching for something they’ve lost.

Camille was the maid of Marcel Proust, and she has a secret: when she was asked to burn her employer’s notebooks, she saved one for herself. Now she is desperate to find it before her betrayal is revealed. Souren, an Armenian refugee, performs puppet shows for children that are nothing like the fairy tales they expect. Lovesick artist Guillaume is down on his luck and running from a debt he cannot repay—but when Gertrude Stein walks into his studio, he wonders if this is the day everything could change. And Jean-Paul is a journalist who tells other people’s stories, because his own is too painful to tell. When the quartet’s paths finally cross in an unforgettable climax, each discovers if they will find what they are looking for.

Told over the course of a single day in 1927, The Paris Hours takes four ordinary people whose stories, told together, are as extraordinary as the glorious city they inhabit.

Title:The Paris Hours
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250307194
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    The Paris Hours Reviews

  • Paige

    This is first and foremost a work of literary fiction. I inhaled the pages because of the enhanced prose; every word and sentence was bewitching. The author took one day in the life of four character...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Update...’great book’!.....It was fitting that I read this wonderful novel in one day....as the entire novel takes place in a single day. It’s truly transporting and immensely satisfying....exac...

  • Berit???

    Beautifully written and vividly told. Alex George’s debut is dazzling and packed with stunning pros. This is the story of a day in a life of four regular people in post WWI Paris. Camille, Souren, G...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The Paris Hours is set during a single day in 1927. I LOVED THAT. I also loved the storytelling and was completely swept up in this most memorable story. More thoughts to come when I can collect them....

  • Katie B

    3.5 starsThe author came up with an original idea for a story which I always appreciate as a reader. It might not have hit me on quite the emotional level I was hoping for, but it was still an enjoyab...

  • Britany

    Four stories, four perspectives, Paris and celebrities?Four alternating storylines introduce a myriad of characters. We have Souren- an Armenian puppeteer, Jean-Paul a journalist missing his daughter,...

  • Linda

    Some things are forgettable, but misfortune is not. It dogs you relentlessly once it gets the scent of defeat. Down-and-out, a day late, the wolf at the door all pull up a chair and take residence wit...

  • Annette

    Set in Paris in 1927, the City of Lights, vibrates with artists of all kinds. However, the story gives the center stage to four ordinary people, who rub elbows with famous artists. By meeting another ...

  • Amanda Zirn Hudson

    I haven’t felt this way about a book since I read WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING.Every time I read Alex George and think he could not possibly write a more beautiful novel, he does.After turning the last p...

  • ABookwormWithWine

    I love, love, LOVED The Paris Hours by Alex George! This was my first time reading a book by this author, but I am definitely going to have to read his backlist now. The prose was wonderful, and the b...