The Light of Paris

The Light of Paris

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Madeleine is trapped--by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears--in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside, it looks like she has everything, but on the inside, she fears she has nothing that matters. In Madeleine's memories, her grandmother Margie is the kind of woman she should have been--elegant, reserved, perfect. But when Madeleine finds a diary detailing Margie's bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in cafes, living on her own, and falling for a charismatic artist. Despite her unhappiness, when Madeleine's marriage is threatened, she panics, escaping to her hometown and staying with her critical, disapproving mother. In that unlikely place, shaken by the revelation of a long-hidden family secret and inspired by her grandmother's bravery, Madeleine creates her own Parisian summer--reconnecting to her love of painting, cultivating a vibrant circle of creative friends, and finding a kindred spirit in a down-to-earth chef who reminds her to feed both her body and her heart. Margie and Madeleine's stories intertwine to explore the joys and risks of living life on our own terms, of defying the rules that hold us back from our dreams, and of becoming the people we are meant to be"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780399158919
Characteristics: 10 books + reader's guide in a cloth bag
Call Number: BCE


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Madeleine, who is disappointed in life and stuck in an unhappy marriage, accidentally finds her grandmother's life story described in a journal. That story becomes an inspiration for Madeleine to regain control of her life.

Unhappy Madeleine decides to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and finally break some rules. Written by our very own NYT bestselling author and newest board member Eleanor Brown.

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Mar 08, 2020

A very nice book about a grandmother and her grandmother who are forced into molds to please others. Do they find the courage to be themselves, or do circumstances destroy their spirits? Kristi & Abby Tabby

ArapahoePamelaH Sep 03, 2016

The latest from Colorado author Eleanor Brown, author of the wonderful book, "The Weird Sisters".
"Imagine what she could have been if she had only let go and embraced who she was. Imagine what I could have been. Imagine what could happen if we all had the heart to be who we truly are."
Brown has written a lovely book exploring how Madeleine and her grandmother lived their lives, first blaming others for their constraints and failures, and then coming to terms with their choices. Lots to think about and discuss. And Paris!

Aug 08, 2016

Madeline in 1999 and Margie in the Jazz Ag 1920s are both women still finding themselves.

I'm such a sucker for reviews that say 'inspired by her grandmother's letters.' Author draws parallels between Grandmother Margie and her granddaughter, which are a stretch in more contemporary setting. I just wanted to shake both the characters. This was pretty close to chick lit, so disappointing.


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