Review: Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman
St. Martin’s Griffin, 2020. Paperback, 368 pages.
Alternating between two timelines, Paris Never Leaves You is the story of Charlotte and her daughter, Vivi. In the World War II storyline, Charlotte manages a bookstore for her father’s friend. Vivi, then a toddler, spends her days there as well. They soon attract the attention of a young German physician. In the 1950s storyline, both women now live in New York. Vivi has a scholarship to a prestigious school while Charlotte works for a publishing house. Many of those segments focus on both trying to fit into society and Vivi’s struggles to be accepted at school.
When I saw this novel in a newsletter, I was excited as it sounded very interesting. However, it didn’t live up to expectations. I only read the first quarter and stopped. I felt after reading that much, the story hadn’t really progressed nor that I “knew” the characters. That said, it was elegantly written and perhaps could have ended on a better note. For others who have read less on World War II and its aftermath and/ or enjoy any coming-of-age-story they can find, the novel may be better suited as well.
This review is based on a copy provided by NetGalley. It will be released on June 2, 2020.