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The Paper Palace: The No.1 New York Times Bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Bookclub Pick Kindle Edition
'A deeply emotional love story that follows one day in the life of Elle Bishop as she navigates the unravelling of secrets, lies and a very complex love triangle' REESE WITHERSPOON
'Glorious and gorgeous. I was absolutely immersed and gripped and I'm devastated to have finished it' MARIAN KEYES
A PAGE-TURNING SUMMERTIME READ FOR FANS OF WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING AND LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
On a perfect August morning, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the pond below 'The Paper Palace' - her family's holiday home in Cape Cod. As she dives beneath the water she relives the passionate encounter she had the night before, against the side of the house that knows all her darkest secrets, while her husband and mother chatted to their guests inside...
So begins a story that unfolds over twenty-four hours and fifty years, as Elle's shocking betrayal leads her to a life-changing decision - and an ending you won't be able to stop thinking about.
'Here is a love triangle that keeps you turning the pages' Rachel Joyce
'Utterly addictive' Rosamund Lupton
'Dry, sharp and with devastating depths plumbed so elegantly' Pandora Sykes
'Smart, atmospheric and seriously juicy' Stylist
'Earthy, intoxicating, shimmering' Sunday Times
Readers have been gripped by THE PAPER PALACE too:
***** 'I devoured this book in a couple of days'
***** 'I fell in love with the characters'
***** 'A heart-rending love story filled with so many complications, you won't want to finish it'
***** 'It pulled me in from the first page'
***** 'If you loved Where the Crawdads Sing then you will love this book as well'
"The moody and atmospheric setting of the shadowy paths and ponds of the Back Woods is described in lush detail that makes a sharp contrast to the colder, sharper elements of Elle's story...From the first pages of her debut novel, Heller pulls no punches. Some of them just sneak up on you later on." - Kirkus Tightly woven and immediate, The Paper Palace takes us deep into a vivid summer landscape, a family, and a private, longstanding love story, and holds us there from start to finish. - Meg Wolitzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Interestings and The Female Persuasion "The Paper Palace turned out to be the very page-turner I needed. If you want to learn something about love over a long time--how it can hurt, how it can soar-- read this book." - Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes "Miranda Cowley Heller has written a magnificent page-turner, a love story that shimmers with desire, intelligence, and humor. Lush and gorgeously written, The Paper Palace is as intoxicating as a summer night by the sea. I didn't want it to end." - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest
"Set in the physical and psychic landscape of Cape Cod, The Paper Palace is a fever dream of a novel, luminous with love and shot through with humor and heartbreak. It is a book that explores the indelibility of childhood, what it means to be shaped by place, and all that is unpredictable about the human heart. I couldn't put it down. " - Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game A beautifully constructed, wonderfully intelligent and beguiling novel, rich with a multitude of pleasures. - William Boyd, author of Any Human Heart It's been ages since I was so absorbed in a contemporary novel. I loved it. - Nick Hornby, New York Times bestselling author of Just Like You
It's glorious and gorgeous. I was absolutely immersed and gripped and I'm devastated to have finished it. - Marian Keyes, author of Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married In rich and sensuous prose, Cowley Heller, cracks open the human heart and exposes her character's choices: the paths not taken and the devastating consequences. I smelled the old cabins and the backwoods, felt the pond water lapping around my ankles, experienced the love and loss of family. A perceptive and powerful story which will stay with me for a long time. - Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground I can't think of a more brilliant debut than The Paper Palace. Enticing, assured and multi-layered, it introduces a major new voice in American fiction . . . A marvel.- Cressida Connolly, auhor of The Happiest Days Absolutely phenomenal novel - dazzling writing and utterly addictive. Read it. - Rosamund Lupton, New York Times bestselling author of Sister It felt as if I read The Paper Palace in one go. It was completely immersive, and shocking, and utterly alive. I loved it. - Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina Beautifully written, richly compelling, The Paper Palace is as dark and uncompromising as it is tender and lyrical. Here is a love triangle that keeps you turning the pages, a vivid evocation of place, and an exploration of the one of the most unsettling of secrets. - Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B08KXHVNS8
- Publisher : Penguin (8 July 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1243 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 385 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0241470722
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But I found myself hating the main character, hating the writing style (short sentences, jolted…much like the content).
And there were so many moments where I felt shocked, revolted and incredibly confused. (Why on earth is there an alligator as a pet and WHY does it need to be flushed down the toilet???)
I think it needs to come with a trigger warning with so many disturbing scenes throughout it. (Child abuse, rape, drowning)
The kudos I can give this book is that it kept me reading, because I wanted to know how it ended…but I finished the book feeling relieved I didn’t have to live life through (this) Elle’s eyes any longer.
By T. Kazi on 13 November 2021
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Too many characters, too much flitting back & forth in time (every section like this lasted a couple of pages that was all then you're back in another time). Then one long chunk that oddly went on too long to set up the great awfulness that has caused all the trouble in this book.
No one was worth caring about not even the main character (despite everything that happened to her), apart from the older sister Anna who is refreshingly herself, and Jonas who doesn't get nearly enough space in the book and was the reason I thought I'd love this book. He's kept far too much in the background, I suppose like a siren call but really the author squandered what might have been a USP for this book. The husband Peter was nauseatingly a stereotype of Hugh Grant - an American's idea of what a posh Brit is like - and actually rude & dismissive. Why stay married to this man? The sex scenes were well described.
The ending was a terrible zero. I get that it was supposed to be mysterious & ambivalent it just felt like an under-cooked roast chicken.
A very episodic read, emotionally & intellectually unsatisfying it was a jumble of good ideas badly executed.
And then there's all the gushing blurbs from authors who are clearly pals - this author is well connected.
Not worth the money, could have been so much better.
Ever since she was a child, "The Paper Palace" had been a place where Elle and her family would spend their holidays. Now married and with children of her own, it is still a place she visits with her family and friends.
Following a rash decision made in the heat of the moment, the story jumps between the past and present, revealing generations of complicated relationships and some questionable, heartbreaking decisions...
OK, so I went in with no expectations and knowing next to nothing about the plot, but I never imagined how invested I'd become in the story. This is compelling, domestic drama at its absolute finest. 👌🏻
One thing that stood out to me was how certain traumatic events can happen to a member of one generation and indirectly affect another. Additionally, without going into too much detail, there were some prime examples of how (in my opinion) parents can fail at protecting their children.
Miranda has nailed everything here from the absolutely stunning imagery to a captivating story. Her writing is fantastic and I just cannot fault it. Put it this way, I loved this book so much I've already ordered a physical copy.
Granted there's some pretty heavy topics I wasn't entirely prepared for, so do be aware of the trigger warnings:
*Some triggers to be aware of in this book are: child abuse, sexual assault, infidelity and non-consensual incest.