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The Paris Hours by Alex George
Historical fiction

The Paris Hours

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by Alex George

Quick take

Is there anything dreamier than artists in 1920s Paris? Between these pages, you can almost smell the croissants.

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Why I love it

Stephanie Hockersmith
BOTM Ambassador, @pieladybooks

As both a reader and a baker, I am always drawn to stories that appeal to all of the senses—and there are few times in history that draw me in more than 1920s Paris. Think beautiful gardens, freshly baked bread, cold and crisp wine… not to mention its bounty of talented artists and performers. So I was thrilled to journey to the streets of Paris once again in this novel about the people whose passions radiated from those cobblestone streets each day.

Told over the course of 24 hours, the book introduces four characters whose different lives intersect in powerful ways: There’s the woman whose future lies in the balance after she broke a promise to her old employer. There’s an artist in a bad way who believes his entire fate rests on a chance meeting with Gertrude Stein. There’s an Armenian refugee who performs puppet shows that are not what anyone would expect, and a French journalist who dreams of America, but whose past ties him to the streets of Paris indefinitely.

I loved spending the day with these characters and their incredible backstories, and I could not stop turning the pages until I found out how their lives converged. With guest appearances from Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, and Gertrude Stein, this story was an important and timely reminder of how deeply connected we are to the people around us—and how each of our choices greatly affect the lives of others. A moving tale of hope, regret, and second chances, The Paris Hours is just the book to curl up with for a comforting afternoon.

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Synopsis

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.

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Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of The Paris Hours.

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9371 ratings
  • 38% Love
  • 49% Like
  • 11% Dislike
  • Roswell, GA

    Absolutely LOVED this book! It is so well written! The characters are engaging and you want to keep reading to learn more about their lives. Only complaint would be that I wish it was longer!! ♥️♥️♥️

  • York , ME

    I’m a huge fan of thr 1920s and of Paris. Anything to do with the “Lost Generation” I adore. Alex George’s last book, Setting Free the Kites was one of my favorite books, The Paris Hours is now one.

  • Waco, TX

    Phenomenal!! My favorite quote was “I don’t believe that God put us on this earth so we could be miserable. We only get so many chances at happiness. I think we should take every single one of them”.

  • Menlo Park, CA

    I love 1920s Paris. Veering away from familiar characters of the era, George weaves together the stories of “regular” people on the periphery, which are arguably more fascinating. Lovely storytelling.

  • West Hollywood, CA

    This isn’t hyperbole, this book is rapturous! The characters are so beautifully realized and the interconnectedness of their stories is beautiful! And it’s such a fast read.I loved every moment of it!

  • Kailua, HI

    This was a wonderful escape to 1920’s Paris. There were several places/phrases I ended up googling since I’m not famiIiar with Paris. I also loved the entertwining stories of the four protagonists.

  • San Jose, CA

    This is one of those books that somehow feels 3x longer than it is, and only in the best ways. Enough story overlap to be predictable, enough story separation to be unique. Will definitely read again

  • Los Angeles, CA

    Absolutely LOVED escaping to this setting and following these characters. From start to finish, I was so intrigued by their journeys. And genuinely shocked and delighted with it’s finish. Lovely read.

  • Orlando, FL

    George adeptly embraces the nostalgia for 1920s Paris while also confronting the less ideal realities of struggling artists and lonely immigrants. We get the era’s charm infused through a modern cast

  • Deltona , FL

    Beautifully written.The lives of what would be perceived to be four completely normal people, interwoven and crossed and the complexities beneath the surface. Enjoyed the escape to Paris in the 20’s.

  • North Providence, RI

    5 Stars! I loved everything about this book. The setting-1920’s Paris, 4 lovely and sympathetic characters. Not to mention Ernest Hemingway & Gertrude Stein! But it was the ending that stole my heart.

  • Westminster, CO

    Once I started reading this book I couldn’t stop. I fell in love with all the quirky characters, and each story line left me wanting more. This book had the best (intriguing)ending I have ever read!!

  • Manistee, MI

    I almost didn’t read this book due to the mixed reviews but I am so happy I did! A beautifully written book intertwining the stories of 4 people and how their stories are so different, yet connected.

  • Tulsa, OK

    I loved the multiple stories with different characters, and how everything came together; especially an ending i didn’t predict. The writing was excellent; i truly did not want to put down this book.

  • Sullivan, IL

    I am ready to read this one again! I looked this author up on social media, 4 of my best friends are reading it because I can’t stop talking about it, and I can’t wait to see Paris for myself now!

  • Palmdale, CA

    I really enjoyed the 4 characters and the way each POV was written. It was nice to see how the stories connect and cross. Although this book is short it was well written. I’ll read more of the author.

  • Murfreesboro, TN

    It took me a little time to get into it and learning who each person was. The coming together of all of them was interesting I liked a peak at Paris in the 20’s the ending was very good. I enjoyed

  • Murrieta , CA

    I ripped through this book in two sittings (only because I had to sleep). It was amazing! I NEED to go back to Paris NOW! I loved this Book so much. If you have it, read it now. If you don’t, get it!

  • Saint Johns, MI

    I solely picked this book based on Paris and the 1920s setting. It is a fast read and leaves you wanting more. I love how the characters are intertwined but you aren’t sure how until you learn more.

  • Los Angeles, CA

    Couldn’t put this one down! Beautiful slice-of-life story featuring unique and well-developed characters with interconnected stories. Loved escaping to 1920s Paris with George’s beautiful writing.

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