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

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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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