CBC Books summer 2014 reading list: Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose


If you're looking to travel this summer, why not head to Paris? Prose will take you to the Chameleon Club, where Paris's creative class comes together to have a good time. When Lou, a young lesbian, discovers the club, a remarkable story containing love, loss, passion, ambition and jealously unfolds. Prose is an astounding writer and this book is rich, complex and impressive.

Francine Prose on how to read as a writer:

"A bar, a stage, a dance floor, leather banquettes, tables around the edges. A typical Paris nightclub, except for the clientele. But here's the most surprising thing: the owner in Hungarian. She calls herself Yvonne. She's tall and blond and dresses in red and has a weakness for sailors. She sings in that husky voice Papa adores, subdued and choked with tears. When she sang I heard Papa's phonograph, muffled and locked in his study."

Francine Prose, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

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