Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel

by Francine Prose

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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel by Francine Prose

A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.

Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal denizens, including the rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol; and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.

As the years pass, their fortunes—and the world itself—evolve. Lou falls desperately in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with startlingly vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis—sparked by tumultuous events—that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061713804
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 341,667
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Francine Prose is the author of twenty-one works of fiction, including Mister Monkey; the New York Times bestseller Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932; A Changed Man, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; and Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award. Her works of nonfiction include Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, and a Director’s Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, she is a former president of PEN American Center and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in New York City.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

April 1, 1947

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Education:

B.A., Radcliffe College, 1968

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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolutely amazing book that I could not put down! Although fiction, it reads like a real story and it provides historical insights. Each chapter is narrated by a different character in this  expansive novel which is sure to create much buzz. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I am finishing this book, it is hard to believe it is based on an actual person. Another absolutely great read on the NOOK is the "The Partisan" by William Jarvis. This book is also set during war. It also has an awful villian based on a true villian who betrayed his own people. As both books are historical fiction, you will be drawn into the stories. This book took me longer to care about because I did not read about the noble characters which are in Jarvis's book. Sometimes it was hard to like some of her characters. Also, this story jumps from one character to another, while Jarvis's book flows with excellent writing and a consistant voice. Both books deserve A+++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since the alternative gender was more tolerated in France this has now become a popular theme in novels lately to attract readers who like more erotica than is usual as in The Minaturist. Suggest see woody allens Midnight in Paris dvd also suggest get both from your library interesting but not a keeper
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I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of "LOVERS of THE CHAMELEON CLUB PARIS 1932" by Francine Prone. It was a pleasant surprise that I might have missed if I had not received an advanced copy. Turns out it was one of the best books I have read and I've read a lot of books. The style reminded me of the book NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl. The author uses several vehicles to tell the story as a whole. For instance one of the vehicles is a fictional book "Make Yourself New" by fictional writer Lionel Maine who is based on the writer Henry Miller and his book "Tropic of Cancer" (in my opinion.) There are several other fictional publications used to make up the body of the book. It may sound complicated but it works very well and moves the book along and keeps you tuning pages. The author brought together some very good characters and in the process brought the novel to a very good ending. Over all the book was very interesting with a lot of real people included along with the fictional characters. I would recommend this to my sister and I do not do that lightly. It is very good 4 1/3 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in the Cerulean city gym with her mew, lucario, umbreon, and ninetales following her. She asks misty, "May we battle you?". Then she shows misty her 24 badges from beating 3 regions.
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Walked out tovtrain
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Misty waits there, smiling at her Krabby