The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles @Atriabooks #review #historicalfiction


Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Year by Library Journal and Goodreads

Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife.

Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal.

Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.

A powerful novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we are—family, friends, and favorite authors—The Paris Libraryshows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.


This is a new take on WWII. I have read quite a few of these novels lately. This one is a little different. It involves a library! This story is narrated by two voices and in two different time periods.

Lily is a teenager in the 1980s. She reaches out to her French neighbor, Odile, for a report about Paris. There is so much going on in Lily’s life that she ends up depending on Odile for a multitude of things. Odile becomes a guiding force in Lilly’s life. And Lily helps Odile realize there is much more in life than her past!

I loved all the book references. Plus the history surrounding Paris and this library during the war is very uniquely done.

Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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