To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin

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Colin has a sure hand with the atmospheres of both cities and with the mores and dress of the period, and she manages to continually raise the stakes for her characters without ever resorting to melodrama. A novel of soaring ambitions, public and private.
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Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young Scottish widow and a French engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.

In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris, France--a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family's business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Émile must decide what their love is worth.

Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Émile live--one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and Bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman's place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all.

 

About Beatrice Colin

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Sara Pinto is the author/illustrator of The Number Garden and The Alphabet Room, Apples and Oranges, Clockwise and the illustrator of Rozanne Gold's Kids Cook 1-2-3. She and her husband have two sons and divide their time between Vermont and Scotland. Beatrice Colin is the author of several highly acclaimed novels for adults including The Glimmer Palace, which was a Richard and Judy Pick in the UK under its UK title, The Luminous Life of Lily Aphrodite. She also writes plays and for newspapers and journals in the UK. This is her first book for children. She has two children and lives in Scotland. See more at www.beatricecolin.co.uk and www.sarapinto.com
 
Published November 29, 2016 by Flatiron Books. 302 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Colin has a sure hand with the atmospheres of both cities and with the mores and dress of the period, and she manages to continually raise the stakes for her characters without ever resorting to melodrama. A novel of soaring ambitions, public and private.

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