Janet Skeslien Charles is an award-winning author with over a decade's worth of roaming the streets of Paris and researching in its libraries. Her debut novel, Moonlight in Odessa, was published in ten languages and was awarded the Melissa Nathan prize and the Completement Livre prize in Strasbourg. Originally from Montana, as a child she lived on the same street as a French war bride and was fascinated by the war stories of her French professor. Janet began to research The Paris Library when she worked as Programs Manager at the American Library in Paris. Until recently she taught in Paris, where she still lives.
A wonderful novel celebrating the power of books and libraries to change people's lives. Enthralling, moving and based on little-known real events. * Jill Mansell, author of MAYBE THIS TIME * A book about books, lovers and book lovers - what's not to love? A wonderful tale about a library that provides a beacon of hope in the darkness and despair of war. Heart-breaking and heart-lifting in turn and always enchanting. * Ruth Hogan, author of THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS * As a Parisian, an ardent bookworm , and a longtime fan of the American Library in Paris, I devoured The Paris Library in one hungry gulp. It is charming and moving, with a perfect balance between history and fiction. * Tatiana de Rosnay, author of SARAH'S KEY * An irresistible combination of two of my favourite things: Paris and libraries. What's not to love?! Utterly charming * Natasha Lester, author of THE PARIS ORPHAN * A fresh take on WWII France that will appeal to bibliophiles everywhere. I fell in love with Odile and Lily, with their struggles and triumphs, from the very first page. Meticulously researched, The Paris Library is an irresistible, compelling read. * Fiona Davis, author of THE CHELSEA GIRLS * Compelling * Woman & Home * A delightful chronicle of a woman's life in WWII-era Paris and rural 1980s Montana . . .Charles's richly detailed plot incorporates historical figures from the American Library and highlights the perils of occupied Paris. Historical fiction fans will be drawn to the realistic narrative and the bond of friendship forged between a widow and a lonely young girl * Publishers' Weekly * Having lived in an apartment just above the current location of the American Library in Paris, I've always felt connected to the institution and wondered about its story, so I'm grateful to Janet Skeslien Charles for penning such a vivid, enjoyable, based-on-a-true-story tale. In The Paris Library, the beloved library, its staff, and its subscribers come to life and remind us of both the horrors of World War II and the vital role books play in keeping us afloat in difficult times. Well-researched, stirring, and rich with detail, The Paris Library is an ode to the importance of libraries, books, and the human connections we find within both. * Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Names * The Paris Library is a refreshing novel that celebrates libraries as cradles of community, especially when we need them the most. It shows how literature can be a means of escape, a catalyst for human connection, and a moral center in grim times. A thoroughly enjoyable read, kind-hearted and brimming with delightful bookish allusions. * Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore * A fresh take on WWII France that will appeal to bibliophiles everywhere. I fell in love with Odile and Lily, with their struggles and triumphs, from the very first page. Meticulously researched, The Paris Library is an irresistible, compelling read. * Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Chelsea Girls * Intelligent and sensuously rich... A novel tailor-made for those who cherish books and libraries. * Kirkus Reviews * A love letter to Paris, the power of books, and the beauty of intergenerational friendship. * Booklist * Delightful... richly detailed... Historical fiction fans will be drawn to the realistic narrative and the bond of friendship forged between a widow and a lonely young girl. * Publishers Weekly * Lily and Odile are fictitious , but key players at the library are drawn from life. Chapeau! * Saga * The author's experiences of working at the American Library in Paris shine through in this delightful, richly detailed novel. From the atrocities carried out by the Nazis to the fearless acts of bravery and courage shown by ordinary people working together in the face of evil, this is An irresistible and utterly compelling novel that will appeal to bibliophiles and historical fiction fans alike. -- Anne Cater * Sunday Express Mag * Book obsessives will adore this immersive love letter to the power of the written word. -- Sarra Manning * Red Magazine * This is a remarkable story of family, romance, friendship and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife.