These Dividing Walls

These Dividing Walls[PDF / Epub] ✅ These Dividing Walls Author Fran Cooper – Oaklandjobs.co.uk One Parisian summerA building of separate livesAll that divides them will soon collapse In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a buildingWithin its walls, people talk and kiss, laugh and cry some are g One Parisian summerA building of separate livesAll that divides them will soon collapse In a forgotten corner of Paris stands a buildingWithin 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 These Dividing PDF \ bearing the sweat of a channel crossing, he takes his place in an attic room to wait out his griefBut 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. Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comWhilst the setting in Paris, France might have you reaching for the book, what is inside is farbeautiful than any city could ever be Between those creamy, orange covers is a story about life and the residents of the apartment building, Number 37 Rue des Eglantines, that has stood on the street corner for many decades.Whilst the main character might be the young English Edward Rivers, who has taken up residence in his friend s apartment a Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comWhilst the setting in Paris, France might have you reaching for the book, what is inside is farbeautiful than any city could ever be Between those creamy, orange covers is a story about life and the residents of the apartment building, Number 37 Rue des Eglantines, that has stood on the street corner for many decades.Whilst the main character might be the young English Edward Rivers, who has taken up residence in his friend s apartment as he tries to get away from his present life, the plot features so manysuperbly created characters in the shape of the other residents, and one who lives on the street facing the building Including many with secrets, passions, and a sense of trying to come to terms with their current situations.Ms Cooper s writes so elegantly and heart felt Every joyous, happy, sad, upsetting moment was vividly felt The scenery was distinctly described Don t expected to be seeing Paris through the eyes of a tourist though, this is back streets Paris, it almost felt like I was stepping back in time.This isn t a fast paced book, this is one to be savoured There are no twists, turns, big plot reveals, just a realistic story that centres itself on looking at society as a whole This is a book that will make you think about the world we live in and, may even make you have a little bit of empathy for those around you These Dividing Wall by Fran Cooper, is a lovely little book set in Paris. precisely on the Left Bank in a little known quarter of the city Number thirty seven sits at the meeting of two streets behind its grand turquoise door there is a courtyard and within its walls it s residents carry on with their lives Monsieur and Madam Marin are the caretakers Madam in her bright clothes and high heels, creeping out late at night Monsieur quietly going about his job, rarely speaking and alwa These Dividing Wall by Fran Cooper, is a lovely little book set in Paris. precisely on the Left Bank in a little known quarter of the city Number thirty seven sits at the meeting of two streets behind its grand turquoise door there is a courtyard and within its walls it s residents carry on with their lives Monsieur and Madam Marin are the caretakers Madam in her bright clothes and high heels, creeping out late at night Monsieur quietly going about his job, rarely speaking and always dressed in beige Young Edward is over from England, to stay in his friend s Emilie apartment Frederique, aunt of Emilie, has lived in the same apartment all her life Frederique and Edward become close, as they recognise in each other, that they have had significant loss in their lives Chantal and Cesar Vincent, married for many years but both hiding secrets from each other Cesar becominganxious about immigrants in Paris and the irrational need of wanting to keep their apartment block Parisian only Isabelle Duval, the perpetual curtain twitcher, the one that sees everything that goes on Bitter, unhappy and on her own Anais and Paul with their three young children Anais struggling with motherhood and wilting under the pressure having little help from her husband Her body on the verge of breaking Homeless Josef who watches from the outside.All set during a stiffling hot summer where produce wilts on the market stands up and down the city, and people wilt in their homes, too, day and night In the courtyard Madam Marin runs a hair dressing salon and in the corner is a tiny book store, crammed with art and history tomes This book shop is different, most people do not even knows it exists, nobody ever purchases anything and it s only clientele are dusty old historians with baggy dusty cardigans Outside number thirty seven is political unrest, protests, and demonstrations Tides of anger flowing down the streets.A lovely debut novel by this author an author I will definitely look out for in the future I was supposed to be in Paris last month, but we lost our flights when an airline went under as well as the travel ban , so I am having to console myself with reading about Paris rather than being there Thanks to Goodreads friend Marianne for bringing this one to my attention and I hope she does not mind me copying her comment that These Dividing Walls is like anAlexander McCall Smith novel set in France No real story, just lots of separate characters whose lives touch and mingle in the the course of everyday events.I struggled a little with the background setting of political marches and racial hatred which for me intruded upon an otherwise gentle and interesting study of human lives Somehow Thanks to Goodreads friend Marianne for bringing this one to my attention and I hope she does not mind me copying her comment that These Dividing Walls is like anAlexander McCall Smith novel set in France No real story, just lots of separate characters whose lives touch and mingle in the the course of everyday events.I struggled a little with the background setting of political marches and racial hatred which for me intruded upon an otherwise gentle and interesting study of human lives Somehow the two aspects of the same city seemed to belong to two different time periods Still an enjoyable read especially if you know and love Paris There s a lot to like about this book in terms of its warmth, its human interactions and its social conscience, but I couldn t help thinking it tried too hard to be quaint, colourful and consciously Parisian though this is the Paris of Am lie, a picture postcard from a nostalgic past, rather than anything recognizably contemporary The character names are a giveaway old fashioned names suggesting the France of the Fifties, rather than the present day The language Too many unnecessary verbal There s a lot to like about this book in terms of its warmth, its human interactions and its social conscience, but I couldn t help thinking it tried too hard to be quaint, colourful and consciously Parisian though this is the Paris of Am lie, a picture postcard from a nostalgic past, rather than anything recognizably contemporary The character names are a giveaway old fashioned names suggesting the France of the Fifties, rather than the present day The language Too many unnecessary verbal reminders that we re in France as if we needed them too many little cabbages Fun fact in French, mon petit chou does not translate as my little cabbage , but refers to the popular pastry, the chou la cr me, so would be the equivalent of something like cupcake I know they re all minor niggles, but the devil s in the details where research is concerned Still, worth reading, by all means, though perhaps not by someone who knows Paris well I received an uncorrected proof copy in exchange for an honest review.This book promisedthan it could chew I was disappointed, and agree with a previous reviewer who wrote it lacks a plot To me it feels like the author has attempted to write a feelgood novel mixed with a little preaching on the social inequalities in the world and what they may lead to.I don t like, or empathise with the characters They feel too one dimensional, and their objectives are too predictable obviously th I received an uncorrected proof copy in exchange for an honest review.This book promisedthan it could chew I was disappointed, and agree with a previous reviewer who wrote it lacks a plot To me it feels like the author has attempted to write a feelgood novel mixed with a little preaching on the social inequalities in the world and what they may lead to.I don t like, or empathise with the characters They feel too one dimensional, and their objectives are too predictable obviously the person who runs away will realise where his home is and return The love story is evident from the start The suggestion that a normal middle class man would be radicalised in less than half a year or that a serious, violent protester would trust him with extremely secret information after a relatively short period of time does not ring true at all Or, at least, the book didn t make me believe that it happened.The writing style is very wordy Sometimes it feels like the author has spenttime thinking up metaphors than plot, for example, this good bye When she pulls her body away from his it is with a sigh that echoes long after she has retraced her steps down the interminable corridor, a sigh that echoes in his ears like the rush of blood in a seashell, the magnitude of ocean in a hand It comes across as pompous and contrived Maybe it feels like the author has tried too hard I d be interested in trying another book by her where she spenttime on thinking of what do I want to say rather than how do I say it But I cannot guarantee I would finish it The cover is really clever apart from the fact that the turquoise door , that is mentioned umpteen times in the book, doesn t exist on the cover Seems like it would have been an easy thing to fix I was disappointed in this book and it might be closer to 2 1 2 stars than 3 The book begins with the description of an apartment building and its residents in Paris It is tucked away in a corner of the city that is not overwhelmed with tourists In fact, the parts of the book that described tourists managed to turn me off the idea of visiting the city, ever The descriptions of mad hoards of people just running from famous site to famous site to take pictures and not actually see anything w I was disappointed in this book and it might be closer to 2 1 2 stars than 3 The book begins with the description of an apartment building and its residents in Paris It is tucked away in a corner of the city that is not overwhelmed with tourists In fact, the parts of the book that described tourists managed to turn me off the idea of visiting the city, ever The descriptions of mad hoards of people just running from famous site to famous site to take pictures and not actually see anything were off putting Although Paris doesn t need promoting to get tourists there, these descriptions, and the current climate in the age of terrorism, would scare many away.One criticism of this book is that there are too many characters and many are not adequately developed Some of the character s actions weren t well explained Other characters had narrow back stories that are repeated endlessly withoutelaboration The depressed mother of 3 young children, the angry middle aged female vandal who hates immigrants, etc etc Things are neatly perhaps too neatly tied up in the end The one compliment I can pay the author is that she kept this novel relatively short.Anger against immigrants, and Islamophobia, are widespread in contemporary Europe This novel attempts to deal with these huge issues in a book that starts off as a story about a building and its residents in Paris What starts as a potentially sweet portrayal steers off into a story of contemporary hatreds I do think there is a way to create such a portrait but in this novel the themes often fail to merge in a convincing way 4.5 sThese Dividing Walls is the first novel by British author and museum curator, Fran Cooper Number 37 Rue des Eglantines is not in the fashionable, tourist frequented part of Paris It s far back on the Left Bank, tucked in a warren of quiet streets, a block of apartments with two shops on the ground floor It s the place where Englishman Edward Rivers has come to escape He s staying in a tiny top floor apartment that belongs to his friend, Emilie Her aunt Frederique is the first to welcom 4.5 sThese Dividing Walls is the first novel by British author and museum curator, Fran Cooper Number 37 Rue des Eglantines is not in the fashionable, tourist frequented part of Paris It s far back on the Left Bank, tucked in a warren of quiet streets, a block of apartments with two shops on the ground floor It s the place where Englishman Edward Rivers has come to escape He s staying in a tiny top floor apartment that belongs to his friend, Emilie Her aunt Frederique is the first to welcome him and she recognises, almost immediately, the sort of loss from which he is running, having experienced it herself Frederique has lived at Number 37 for most of her life She knows everyone there, but perhaps not as well as she thinks many of them have something to hide Chantal and Cesar s happy marriage might not survive the secret that Cesar has been keeping for months, a secret that sees him taking extreme action Hairdresser Estella Marin, the flamboyant gardienne of Number 37, seems a mismatch for the very beige Augusto Marin, with her barely discreet affairs, and yet.On the second floor, Anais Legrange is a young mother of three who is at breaking point, while her hard working husband, Paul is puzzled at the change in their relationship Fourth floor resident, Isabelle Duval vents her xenophobic frustrations online, completely unaware that, one floor up, her long time neighbour Henri Lalande is actually a Muslim Homeless Josef is often parked in an alcove across the street from Number 37 He watches carefully and perceivesabout the building s residents than anyone would believe During a sweltering Paris summer, as racial tensions rise with the mercury, Number 37 have their own dilemma to deal with Ahmed and Amina Laribi are about to move into the empty third floor apartment Cooper s structure is not unlike McCall Smith s 44 Scotland Street she melds that with Katherine Pancol like French characters in a drama that features loss and grief, pride and prejudice, depression and insecurity, love and loyalty and friendship As well as the main characters, sometimes the building itself has a role as narrator certainly, the City of Paris and her denizens are a play a significant part Cooper s prose is often beautiful and her characters are easily believable This is an outstanding debut novel from an author to watch FULL REVIEW HERE STARS I found this book really interesting but super lacking in plot This is essentially a character study of people living in an apartment building, and how the political backdrop of France effects them I did enjoy the writing style the most as it was beautiful and found myself hoping for a happy ending for many of the characters A full review will be ok my blog on Friday FULL REVIEW HERE STARS I found this book really interesting but super lacking in plot This is essentially a character study of people living in an apartment building, and how the political backdrop of France effects them I did enjoy the writing style the most as it was beautiful and found myself hoping for a happy ending for many of the characters A full review will be ok my blog on Friday I was really, really impressed with this book despite being a debut is it has such an assured feel to it From the beginning I was drawn into the stories of the various individuals living at Number 37, storing up the nuggets of information provided by the author about each character I felt a bit like James Stewart s character in Hitchcock s Rear Window, eavesdropping on the residents of the neighbouring apartments.Number 37 seems to act as a microcosm of society, not just French society The I was really, really impressed with this book despite being a debut is it has such an assured feel to it From the beginning I was drawn into the stories of the various individuals living at Number 37, storing up the nuggets of information provided by the author about each character I felt a bit like James Stewart s character in Hitchcock s Rear Window, eavesdropping on the residents of the neighbouring apartments.Number 37 seems to act as a microcosm of society, not just French society There are secrets, frustrations, unhappy memories, prejudice, loneliness, depression, love and loss But there are also new beginnings, reconciliations and a coming together in adversity.The author very cleverly connects the intimate personal stories to the wider political situation in France where tensions over unemployment, immigration and change threaten to boil over in the sweltering heat of a Paris summer Reading this in the wake of the terror attack in London, the events depicted and the emotions that gave rise to them really resonated.I absolutely loved this book and I can t wait to readfrom the author who I m sure has a glittering career ahead of her Highly recommended.I received an advance reader copy courtesy of NetGalley and publishers, Hodder Stoughton, in return for an honest review Read a proof Absolutely loved this book It s timely, thoughtful, thrilling, and deeply human Can t wait to see it come out for the world to enjoy

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    This guide aims to show you how to download 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 These Dividing PDF \ bearing the sweat of a channel crossing, he takes his place in an attic room to wait out his griefBut 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. Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comWhilst the setting in Paris, France might have you reaching for the book, what is inside is farbeautiful than any city could ever be Between those creamy, orange covers is a story about life and the residents of the apartment building, Number 37 Rue des Eglantines, that has stood on the street corner for many decades.Whilst the main character might be the young English Edward Rivers, who has taken up residence in his friend s apartment a Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.comWhilst the setting in Paris, France might have you reaching for the book, what is inside is farbeautiful than any city could ever be Between those creamy, orange covers is a story about life and the residents of the apartment building, Number 37 Rue des Eglantines, that has stood on the street corner for many decades.Whilst the main character might be the young English Edward Rivers, who has taken up residence in his friend s apartment as he tries to get away from his present life, the plot features so manysuperbly created characters in the shape of the other residents, and one who lives on the street facing the building Including many with secrets, passions, and a sense of trying to come to terms with their current situations.Ms Cooper s writes so elegantly and heart felt Every joyous, happy, sad, upsetting moment was vividly felt The scenery was distinctly described Don t expected to be seeing Paris through the eyes of a tourist though, this is back streets Paris, it almost felt like I was stepping back in time.This isn t a fast paced book, this is one to be savoured There are no twists, turns, big plot reveals, just a realistic story that centres itself on looking at society as a whole This is a book that will make you think about the world we live in and, may even make you have a little bit of empathy for those around you These Dividing Wall by Fran Cooper, is a lovely little book set in Paris. precisely on the Left Bank in a little known quarter of the city Number thirty seven sits at the meeting of two streets behind its grand turquoise door there is a courtyard and within its walls it s residents carry on with their lives Monsieur and Madam Marin are the caretakers Madam in her bright clothes and high heels, creeping out late at night Monsieur quietly going about his job, rarely speaking and alwa These Dividing Wall by Fran Cooper, is a lovely little book set in Paris. precisely on the Left Bank in a little known quarter of the city Number thirty seven sits at the meeting of two streets behind its grand turquoise door there is a courtyard and within its walls it s residents carry on with their lives Monsieur and Madam Marin are the caretakers Madam in her bright clothes and high heels, creeping out late at night Monsieur quietly going about his job, rarely speaking and always dressed in beige Young Edward is over from England, to stay in his friend s Emilie apartment Frederique, aunt of Emilie, has lived in the same apartment all her life Frederique and Edward become close, as they recognise in each other, that they have had significant loss in their lives Chantal and Cesar Vincent, married for many years but both hiding secrets from each other Cesar becominganxious about immigrants in Paris and the irrational need of wanting to keep their apartment block Parisian only Isabelle Duval, the perpetual curtain twitcher, the one that sees everything that goes on Bitter, unhappy and on her own Anais and Paul with their three young children Anais struggling with motherhood and wilting under the pressure having little help from her husband Her body on the verge of breaking Homeless Josef who watches from the outside.All set during a stiffling hot summer where produce wilts on the market stands up and down the city, and people wilt in their homes, too, day and night In the courtyard Madam Marin runs a hair dressing salon and in the corner is a tiny book store, crammed with art and history tomes This book shop is different, most people do not even knows it exists, nobody ever purchases anything and it s only clientele are dusty old historians with baggy dusty cardigans Outside number thirty seven is political unrest, protests, and demonstrations Tides of anger flowing down the streets.A lovely debut novel by this author an author I will definitely look out for in the future I was supposed to be in Paris last month, but we lost our flights when an airline went under as well as the travel ban , so I am having to console myself with reading about Paris rather than being there Thanks to Goodreads friend Marianne for bringing this one to my attention and I hope she does not mind me copying her comment that These Dividing Walls is like anAlexander McCall Smith novel set in France No real story, just lots of separate characters whose lives touch and mingle in the the course of everyday events.I struggled a little with the background setting of political marches and racial hatred which for me intruded upon an otherwise gentle and interesting study of human lives Somehow Thanks to Goodreads friend Marianne for bringing this one to my attention and I hope she does not mind me copying her comment that These Dividing Walls is like anAlexander McCall Smith novel set in France No real story, just lots of separate characters whose lives touch and mingle in the the course of everyday events.I struggled a little with the background setting of political marches and racial hatred which for me intruded upon an otherwise gentle and interesting study of human lives Somehow the two aspects of the same city seemed to belong to two different time periods Still an enjoyable read especially if you know and love Paris There s a lot to like about this book in terms of its warmth, its human interactions and its social conscience, but I couldn t help thinking it tried too hard to be quaint, colourful and consciously Parisian though this is the Paris of Am lie, a picture postcard from a nostalgic past, rather than anything recognizably contemporary The character names are a giveaway old fashioned names suggesting the France of the Fifties, rather than the present day The language Too many unnecessary verbal There s a lot to like about this book in terms of its warmth, its human interactions and its social conscience, but I couldn t help thinking it tried too hard to be quaint, colourful and consciously Parisian though this is the Paris of Am lie, a picture postcard from a nostalgic past, rather than anything recognizably contemporary The character names are a giveaway old fashioned names suggesting the France of the Fifties, rather than the present day The language Too many unnecessary verbal reminders that we re in France as if we needed them too many little cabbages Fun fact in French, mon petit chou does not translate as my little cabbage , but refers to the popular pastry, the chou la cr me, so would be the equivalent of something like cupcake I know they re all minor niggles, but the devil s in the details where research is concerned Still, worth reading, by all means, though perhaps not by someone who knows Paris well I received an uncorrected proof copy in exchange for an honest review.This book promisedthan it could chew I was disappointed, and agree with a previous reviewer who wrote it lacks a plot To me it feels like the author has attempted to write a feelgood novel mixed with a little preaching on the social inequalities in the world and what they may lead to.I don t like, or empathise with the characters They feel too one dimensional, and their objectives are too predictable obviously th I received an uncorrected proof copy in exchange for an honest review.This book promisedthan it could chew I was disappointed, and agree with a previous reviewer who wrote it lacks a plot To me it feels like the author has attempted to write a feelgood novel mixed with a little preaching on the social inequalities in the world and what they may lead to.I don t like, or empathise with the characters They feel too one dimensional, and their objectives are too predictable obviously the person who runs away will realise where his home is and return The love story is evident from the start The suggestion that a normal middle class man would be radicalised in less than half a year or that a serious, violent protester would trust him with extremely secret information after a relatively short period of time does not ring true at all Or, at least, the book didn t make me believe that it happened.The writing style is very wordy Sometimes it feels like the author has spenttime thinking up metaphors than plot, for example, this good bye When she pulls her body away from his it is with a sigh that echoes long after she has retraced her steps down the interminable corridor, a sigh that echoes in his ears like the rush of blood in a seashell, the magnitude of ocean in a hand It comes across as pompous and contrived Maybe it feels like the author has tried too hard I d be interested in trying another book by her where she spenttime on thinking of what do I want to say rather than how do I say it But I cannot guarantee I would finish it The cover is really clever apart from the fact that the turquoise door , that is mentioned umpteen times in the book, doesn t exist on the cover Seems like it would have been an easy thing to fix I was disappointed in this book and it might be closer to 2 1 2 stars than 3 The book begins with the description of an apartment building and its residents in Paris It is tucked away in a corner of the city that is not overwhelmed with tourists In fact, the parts of the book that described tourists managed to turn me off the idea of visiting the city, ever The descriptions of mad hoards of people just running from famous site to famous site to take pictures and not actually see anything w I was disappointed in this book and it might be closer to 2 1 2 stars than 3 The book begins with the description of an apartment building and its residents in Paris It is tucked away in a corner of the city that is not overwhelmed with tourists In fact, the parts of the book that described tourists managed to turn me off the idea of visiting the city, ever The descriptions of mad hoards of people just running from famous site to famous site to take pictures and not actually see anything were off putting Although Paris doesn t need promoting to get tourists there, these descriptions, and the current climate in the age of terrorism, would scare many away.One criticism of this book is that there are too many characters and many are not adequately developed Some of the character s actions weren t well explained Other characters had narrow back stories that are repeated endlessly withoutelaboration The depressed mother of 3 young children, the angry middle aged female vandal who hates immigrants, etc etc Things are neatly perhaps too neatly tied up in the end The one compliment I can pay the author is that she kept this novel relatively short.Anger against immigrants, and Islamophobia, are widespread in contemporary Europe This novel attempts to deal with these huge issues in a book that starts off as a story about a building and its residents in Paris What starts as a potentially sweet portrayal steers off into a story of contemporary hatreds I do think there is a way to create such a portrait but in this novel the themes often fail to merge in a convincing way 4.5 sThese Dividing Walls is the first novel by British author and museum curator, Fran Cooper Number 37 Rue des Eglantines is not in the fashionable, tourist frequented part of Paris It s far back on the Left Bank, tucked in a warren of quiet streets, a block of apartments with two shops on the ground floor It s the place where Englishman Edward Rivers has come to escape He s staying in a tiny top floor apartment that belongs to his friend, Emilie Her aunt Frederique is the first to welcom 4.5 sThese Dividing Walls is the first novel by British author and museum curator, Fran Cooper Number 37 Rue des Eglantines is not in the fashionable, tourist frequented part of Paris It s far back on the Left Bank, tucked in a warren of quiet streets, a block of apartments with two shops on the ground floor It s the place where Englishman Edward Rivers has come to escape He s staying in a tiny top floor apartment that belongs to his friend, Emilie Her aunt Frederique is the first to welcome him and she recognises, almost immediately, the sort of loss from which he is running, having experienced it herself Frederique has lived at Number 37 for most of her life She knows everyone there, but perhaps not as well as she thinks many of them have something to hide Chantal and Cesar s happy marriage might not survive the secret that Cesar has been keeping for months, a secret that sees him taking extreme action Hairdresser Estella Marin, the flamboyant gardienne of Number 37, seems a mismatch for the very beige Augusto Marin, with her barely discreet affairs, and yet.On the second floor, Anais Legrange is a young mother of three who is at breaking point, while her hard working husband, Paul is puzzled at the change in their relationship Fourth floor resident, Isabelle Duval vents her xenophobic frustrations online, completely unaware that, one floor up, her long time neighbour Henri Lalande is actually a Muslim Homeless Josef is often parked in an alcove across the street from Number 37 He watches carefully and perceivesabout the building s residents than anyone would believe During a sweltering Paris summer, as racial tensions rise with the mercury, Number 37 have their own dilemma to deal with Ahmed and Amina Laribi are about to move into the empty third floor apartment Cooper s structure is not unlike McCall Smith s 44 Scotland Street she melds that with Katherine Pancol like French characters in a drama that features loss and grief, pride and prejudice, depression and insecurity, love and loyalty and friendship As well as the main characters, sometimes the building itself has a role as narrator certainly, the City of Paris and her denizens are a play a significant part Cooper s prose is often beautiful and her characters are easily believable This is an outstanding debut novel from an author to watch FULL REVIEW HERE STARS I found this book really interesting but super lacking in plot This is essentially a character study of people living in an apartment building, and how the political backdrop of France effects them I did enjoy the writing style the most as it was beautiful and found myself hoping for a happy ending for many of the characters A full review will be ok my blog on Friday FULL REVIEW HERE STARS I found this book really interesting but super lacking in plot This is essentially a character study of people living in an apartment building, and how the political backdrop of France effects them I did enjoy the writing style the most as it was beautiful and found myself hoping for a happy ending for many of the characters A full review will be ok my blog on Friday I was really, really impressed with this book despite being a debut is it has such an assured feel to it From the beginning I was drawn into the stories of the various individuals living at Number 37, storing up the nuggets of information provided by the author about each character I felt a bit like James Stewart s character in Hitchcock s Rear Window, eavesdropping on the residents of the neighbouring apartments.Number 37 seems to act as a microcosm of society, not just French society The I was really, really impressed with this book despite being a debut is it has such an assured feel to it From the beginning I was drawn into the stories of the various individuals living at Number 37, storing up the nuggets of information provided by the author about each character I felt a bit like James Stewart s character in Hitchcock s Rear Window, eavesdropping on the residents of the neighbouring apartments.Number 37 seems to act as a microcosm of society, not just French society There are secrets, frustrations, unhappy memories, prejudice, loneliness, depression, love and loss But there are also new beginnings, reconciliations and a coming together in adversity.The author very cleverly connects the intimate personal stories to the wider political situation in France where tensions over unemployment, immigration and change threaten to boil over in the sweltering heat of a Paris summer Reading this in the wake of the terror attack in London, the events depicted and the emotions that gave rise to them really resonated.I absolutely loved this book and I can t wait to readfrom the author who I m sure has a glittering career ahead of her Highly recommended.I received an advance reader copy courtesy of NetGalley and publishers, Hodder Stoughton, in return for an honest review Read a proof Absolutely loved this book It s timely, thoughtful, thrilling, and deeply human Can t wait to see it come out for the world to enjoy "/>
  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • These Dividing Walls
  • Fran Cooper
  • English
  • 02 February 2018
  • 1473641535