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These Dividing Walls

These Dividing Walls (Hardback)

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One Parisian summer. A building of separate lives. All that divides them will soon collapse.. In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a building.Within its walls, people talk and kiss, laugh and cry; some are glad to sit alone, while others wish they did not. A woman with silver-blonde hair opens her bookshop downstairs, an old man feeds the sparrows on his windowsill, and a young mother wills the morning to hold itself at bay. Though each of their walls touches someone else's, the neighbours they pass in the courtyard remain strangers. Into this courtyard arrives Edward. Still bearing the sweat of a channel crossing, he takes his place in an attic room to wait out his grief. But in distant corners of the city, as Paris is pulled taut with summer heat, there are those who meet with a darker purpose. As the feverish metropolis is brought to boiling point, secrets will rise and walls will crumble both within and without Number 37...'Confident and brilliant. She will immerse you in a world I dare you to turn away from.' Lisa O'Donnell, author of The Death of Bees.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division Publication Date: 04/05/2017 ISBN-13: 9781473641532  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Fran Cooper grew up in London before reading English at Cambridge and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She spent three years in Paris writing a PhD about travelling eighteenth-century artists, and currently works in the curatorial department of a London museum. These Dividing Walls is her first novel.

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I was so excited to see this recommended by Foyles - the synopsis, the cover, all so promising! But from the outset what could be a fascinating and revelatory tale is riddled with galling phrases and superficial caricatures. Adopting a particularly anglophone, middle class narrative, the stories remain only tentatively interlinked, and the plot twists announce themselves a mile off. Disappointing.

- 11/08/2017
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In her accomplished debut Fran Cooper writes of contemporary Paris through the diverse voices of the tenants of an ageing apartment block in the heart of the city. Through events and opinions, tensions increase with characters learning about themselves and their relationships with others as they are drawn into issues in the city that cannot be avoided. Charming, anxious and satisfying all at the same time.

Gary, Buying Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 04/05/2017

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