Odile Souchet is obsessed with books, and her new job at the American Library in Paris – with its thriving community of students, writers and book lovers – is a dream come true. When war is declared, the Library is determined to remain open. But then the Nazis invade Paris, and everything changes.
In Occupied Paris, choices as black and white as the words on a page become a murky shade of grey – choices that will put many on the wrong side of history, and the consequences of which will echo for decades to come.
Lily is a lonely teenage desperate to escape small-town Montana. She grows close to her neighbour Odile, discovering they share the same love of language, the same longings. But as Lily uncovers more about Odile’s mysterious past, she discovers a dark secret, closely guarded and long hidden.
Based on the true Second World War story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable novel of romance, friendship, family, and of heroism found in the quietest of places.
My reading experience:
Firstly I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for my free ARC.
This story is based on the true Second World War story of the librarians at the American Library in Paris and I love to hear tales of what great librarian bring to the people especially at difficult times.
So with a largely biased opinion as a librarian, I can tell all others readers that this is a beautiful story amidst a swirling cataclysm of social destruction that gives the reader a warm sense of how as a society we can come together and prevail. You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend this book.