Paris Twilight by Russ Rymer

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Paris Twilight is a novel rich not only in language, characters, and storylines traversing multiple decades, but one that addresses difficult questions about ethics, love, friendship, family, suicide, and history...
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A moody, sumptuous debut novel set in 1990s Paris

 

Matilde Anselm, professor of cardiac anesthesiology, arrives in Paris from New York to be part of a surgery team in the winter of 1990, as manifestations against the First Gulf War are raging in the streets. Even as her concerns mount over the shadowy protocols surrounding the planned heart transplant, and even as she falls in love with the Arab diplomat in charge of those protocols, a surprise inheritance—a mysterious Paris apartment and a trove of love letters from the Spanish Civil War, bequeathed to her by a stranger—sweep her through a hidden Paris and into the labyrinth of her own buried past.

As the diplomat and the apartment reluctantly reveal their secrets, the tragedies they unearth open a further mystery, the enigma that has haunted Matilde’s life. In the end she is left devastated, liberated, and, for the very first time, herself.

Paris Twilight grapples with the meaning of love, the sin of suicide, and the mystery of family in a masterful fiction debut, a dizzying tale of personal transformation.

 

About Russ Rymer

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Russ Rymer is the author of Genie: A Scientific Tragedy, which became a NOVA television documentary and was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and American Beach: A Saga of Race, Wealth, and Memory, which was nominated for a Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award and named a New York Times Notable Book. Rymer, currently the Joan Leiman Jacobson Non-Fiction Writer in Residence at Smith College, has contributed articles to The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper's, Atlantic, and the New York Times Magazine.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 309 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Horror. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on May 05 2013

The end is a melodramatic swirl, juxtaposing the eventual surgery and the drama on the streets. Rymer has drastically overextended himself.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by David Cooper on Jul 02 2013

Paris Twilight is a novel rich not only in language, characters, and storylines traversing multiple decades, but one that addresses difficult questions about ethics, love, friendship, family, suicide, and history...

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