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Feb 09, 2021brangwinn rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I wish I had read the author’s notes first so I would have understood that many of the characters were real and courageous champions of reading. Told in alternating chapters, we first meet Odile, who gets her dream job in the American Library of Paris (ALP). Her father, police captain, keeps trying to match her with policemen in his force and finally succeeds in a match when Odile is attracted to Paul, who approves of her independent spirit. And then the Nazis occupy Paris and life changes. Moving to a small town in Montana in 1988, teenaged Lily befriends her elderly neighbor, Odile who helps her through the maze of her mother’s death, her father’s remarriage, and the insecurities of adolescence. Moving back and forth in time, the reader will cheer for the inner strength of characters and the determination of library staff to save the library. Reader will also come to understand the compromises Paris citizens had to make to survive.