When William Byrnes takes a teaching job at a private school in the Marais, he thinks he’s escaping his sins. He sentences himself to winter afternoons under the vaulted ceilings of Notre Dame and to rice for dinner, while the City of Light goes unnoticed. Then the pretentious Monsieur Cygne gives him a list of French literature and the address of a bookstore, where he finds fellow ex-pat, Lucy Navarre, with the gray eyes of a goddess, a cheating husband, and a mysterious past. Can the two exiles find redemption in the shadows of Paris? Or will they miss their chance?
Praise for Shadows of Paris
“A lyrical, lovely story of doomed romance…” –Kirkus Reviews | Read the Whole Review»
“Beautifully written, Shadows of Paris is a richly woven story that intimately ties personality to place. It will make you pause, it will make you smile. It will touch your heart.”
–David K. Leff, author of Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash
Eric Lehman has written a beautiful book about secrets, doomed love, French literature, food, and the way that life has of showing us just what we need to heal the past. I loved every page.
–Maddie Dawson, bestselling author of The Stuff That Never Happened