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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 / Francine Prose.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
McIntosh Public Library PRO (Text) 33500011848934 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780061713781 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 0061713783 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9780061713804 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 0061713805 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Harper, 2014.

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Summary, etc.:
"A richly imagined and stunningly inventive story of love, art, and betrayal in Paris of the 20's, 30's, and 40's"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 February #1
    *Starred Review* Artistically and intellectually adventurous, Prose presents a house-of-mirrors historical novel built around a famous photograph by Brassai of two women at a table in a Paris nightclub. The one wearing a tuxedo is athlete, race-car driver, and Nazi collaborator Violette Morris. So intriguing and disturbing is her story, Prose considered writing a biography, but instead she forged an electrifying union of fact and fiction by creating a circle of witnesses and chroniclers of varying degrees of reliability. Gabor, a Hungarian photographer enthralled by Paris after dark, photographs two weary lovers: Arlette, an opportunistic performer, and Lou Villars, a tux-clad athlete. The women are regulars at the Chameleon Club, a safe haven for lesbians, gays, cross-dressers, and others who must change their stripes to survive. We glean the many facets and repercussions of Lou's "dramatic and terrible life" via Gabor's surprisingly explicit letters to his parents, an unpublished biography, works by an American writer in Paris, and the memoirs of two rivals for Gabor's love, a young teacher and a lonely baroness. In an intricately patterned, ever-morphing, lavishly well-informed plot spanning the French countryside and reaching to Berlin, Prose intensifies our depth perception of that time of epic aberration and mesmerizing evil as she portrays complex, besieged individuals struggling to become their true selves. A dark and glorious tour de force. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Destined to be a breakout book, Prose's novel will be promoted with an eight-city author tour, a major media campaign, and library and book-club outreach. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Paris (France) > Social life and customs > 20th century > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > France > Paris > Fiction.
Betrayal > Fiction.
Aliens > Fiction.
Lesbians > Fiction.
Nightclubs > France > Paris > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Historical.
FICTION / Biographical.
Genre: Love stories.
Historical fiction.

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