The Paris Library

book cover

Published: Hachette Australia
Date: 2nd June 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is the unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together.

PARIS, 1939 Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and working at The American Library in Paris for the formidable director Dorothy Reeder is all she has ever dreamed of. The Library and its thriving community of students, writers, diplomats and book lovers provide her with a safe haven. When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes. The Nazi ‘Library Protector’ changes the rules overnight, declaring a war on words and making the librarians risk their lives to do their jobs.

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles presents us with the American Library in Paris in the months leading up to WW11 and during the war. Like all stories set in this era at times it is stark and heart breaking. The people suffer so much.

Yet within the confines of the library there are warm friendships among those who work there and those who come to read, write and borrow books. Odile is a wonderful character – she loves reading and books and she so wants to work at the library.

We meet Odile again in 1985 in Montana, USA. What is she doing there? Why does she live like she does.? Well, enter Lily the young girl next door determined to find out. Before long an important relationship is formed.

I am not going to mention plot again, this is a book you need to read and go into it without knowing what happens next! But… I think any reader who loves Paris, libraries, books, courageous people and people who make terrible mistakes will find much to reflect upon in this book.

15 thoughts on “The Paris Library”

    1. I always say I’ve had enough of WW11 books and then another birds eye book comes along. Anyone who likes books I think would like this one. It does focus on the characters rather than the war.


  1. Kathryn! I’ve been meaning to hop over and say hi for a couple of weeks, but I just keep on forgetting. I just saw you commented on Katherine’s post and I thought NOW IS THE TIME!!

    I used to be on the blogosphere a couple of years back, but stopped blogging. I missed it a bit too much and decided to restart again, but I’ve changed my blogspot. I’m not on Mareli Thalk Ink anymore, you can now find me at Elza Reads

    Anyway!! As always, you share the most wonderful books! I am definitely adding this one to my TBR.

    Hope you are well, your blog still looks wonderful.

    Take care!
    Mareli & Elza

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