A Letter from Paris: a true story of hidden art, lost romance, and family reclaimed

A Letter from Paris: a true story of hidden art, lost romance, and family reclaimed

by Louisa Deasey

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A father’s long-lost letters spark a compelling tale of inheritance and creativity, loss and reunion

When Louisa Deasey receives a message from a Frenchwoman called Coralie, who has found a cache of letters in an attic, written about Louisa’s father, neither woman can imagine the events it will set in motion.

The letters, dated 1949, detail a passionate affair between Louisa’s father, Denison, and Coralie’s grandmother, Michelle, in post-war London. They spark Louisa to find out more about her father, who died when she was six. From the seemingly simple question “Who was Denison Deasey?” follows a trail of discovery that leads Louisa to the streets of London, to the cafes and restaurants of Paris and a poet’s villa in the south of France. From her father’s secret service in World War II to his relationships with some of the most famous bohemian artists in post-war Europe, Louisa unearths a portrait of a fascinating man, both at the epicenter and the mercy of the social and political currents of his time.

A Letter from Paris is about the stories we tell ourselves, and the secrets the past can uncover, showing the power of the written word to cross the bridges of time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947534612
Publisher: Scribe Publications Pty Ltd
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Edition description: US edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,129,932
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Louisa Deasey has published widely, including work in Overland, Vogue, The Australian, and The Saturday Age. Her first memoir, Love and Other U-Turns, was nominated for the Nita B. Kibble Award for women writers.

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