Publisher Nan A. Talese/Knopf, 2019
In the summer of 1989, with all Paris preparing for the bicentennial of the French Revolution, a ghostly flâneur hunts for a missing child who disappeared during the dark days of the German occupation.
On the Île Saint-Louis, Sylvie mourns the recent loss of her lover Julien. As she divides up their spacious apartment to rent rooms to an American couple, she discovers an envelope in Julien’s desk with a note from a stranger. Sylvie sets out to discover the identity of the mysterious woman who holds the key to a tragedy that is both personal and historic.
As the two quests finally intersect, Sylvie will learn the reason for Julien’s silence about the past, revealing the dark underbelly of the day that Paris is poised to celebrate, a secret that shadows the city of light.
Haunting Paris will appeal to readers of WWII fiction, including those who loved All the Light I Cannot See and readers of enduring literary historical fiction popular with book groups such as Debra Dean’s Madonnas of Leningrad.