Like his father before him, Octavio runs the Notre-Dame bakery, and knows the secret recipe for the perfect Parisian baguette. But, also like his father, Octavio has never mastered the art of reading and his only knowledge of the world beyond the bakery door comes from his own imagination. Just a few streets away, Isabeau works out of sight in the basement of the Louvre, trying to forget her disfigured beauty by losing herself in the paintings she restores and the stories she reads. The two might never have met, but for a curious chain of coincidences involving a mysterious traveller, an impoverished painter, a jaded bookseller, and a book of fairytales, lost and found . . .
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If you love finely crafted sentences and spare, elegant prose; if you love charming characters and a tender, affecting story; if you love books and Paris and boulangeries, you will love this novel.Read Full Review of The Emperor of Paris | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
Within 50 or 60 pages of the slim volume, though, the reader will be swept up, and will read with anxious, bated breath, yearning for that destined moment, that perfect singularity and culmination.Read Full Review of The Emperor of Paris | See more reviews from National Post arts
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