The Paper Palace by Cowley Heller, Miranda
The Paper Palace (Reese's Book Club) -- Miranda Cowley Heller - Hardcover
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The Paper Palace (Reese's Book Club) -- Miranda Cowley Heller - Hardcover


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INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

THE PAPER PALACE IS:

"Filled with secrets, love, lies and a summer beach house. What more could you ask?"--Parade

"A deeply emotional love story...the unraveling of secrets, lies and a very complex love triangle." --Reese Witherspoon (Reese's Book Club July '21 Pick)

Nail-biting. --Town & Country

"A magnificent page-turner." --Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author

"[An] irresistible placement of a complicated family in a bewitching place." --The New York Times

A story of summer, secrets, love, and lies: in the course of a singular day on Cape Cod, one woman must make a life-changing decision that has been brewing for decades.

"This house, this place, knows all my secrets."

It is a perfect August morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at "The Paper Palace"--the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside. Now, over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn't forever changed the course of their lives. As Heller colors in the experiences that have led Elle to this day, we arrive at her ultimate decision with all its complexity. Tender yet devastating, The Paper Palace considers the tensions between desire and dignity, the legacies of abuse, and the crimes and misdemeanors of families.

Author: Miranda Cowley Heller
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Published: 07/06/2021
Pages: 400
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.32lbs
Size: 9.13h x 6.14w x 1.57d
ISBN: 9780593329825

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 01/01/2021 pg. 52
Kirkus Reviews 05/01/2021
Publishers Weekly 05/17/2021
Booklist 06/14/2021

About the Author
Miranda Cowley Heller has worked as senior vice president and head of drama series at HBO, developing and overseeing such shows as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Deadwood, and Big Love, among others. This is her first novel. She grew up spending summers on Cape Cod, and now lives in California.