Paris, 7 A.M

Paris, 7 A.M

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The acclaimed, award-winning author of A Watch of Nightingales imagines in a sweeping and stunning novel what happened to the poet Elizabeth Bishop during three life-changing weeks she spent in Paris amidst the imminent threat of World War II. June 1937. Elizabeth Bishop, still only a young woman and not yet one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century, arrives in France with her college roommates. They are in search of an escape, and inspiration, far from the protective world of Vassar College where they were expected to find an impressive husband, a quiet life, and act accordingly. But the world is changing, and as they explore the City of Light, the larger threats of fascism and occupation are looming. There, they meet a community of upper-crust expatriates who not only bring them along on a life-changing adventure, but also into an underground world of rebellion that will quietly alter the course of Elizabeth’s life forever. Paris, 7 A.M. imagines 1937—the only year Elizabeth, a meticulous keeper of journals, didn’t fully chronicle—in vivid detail and brings us from Paris to Normandy where Elizabeth becomes involved with a group rescuing Jewish “orphans” and delivering them to convents where they will be baptized as Catholics and saved from the impending horror their parents will face. Poignant and captivating, Liza Wieland’s Paris, 7 A.M. is a beautifully rendered take on the formative years of one of America’s most celebrated—and mythologized—female poets.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Simon & Schuster, 2019.
ISBN: 9781501197239
Characteristics: 352 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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LindaTCL
Oct 14, 2019

If you are a person that enjoys a lot of poetic distractions from the plot, you might enjoy this book. True, it is a book about a POET, Elizabeth Bishop, and the book chronicles the wanderings of her life, into descriptive paragraphs. Dialogue is printed without the usage of quotation marks.
Takes place mainly in Paris, during the pre-WW II years. (The historical aspect was very interesting to me - what the French were expecting as far as the suspected Allied Invasion). The plot: Elizabeth tries to deal with her abusive childhood, attends Vassar, travels to Europe, becomes acquainted with alternative lifestyle females (women who love women). More should've been written about how Elizabeth and her friends helped smuggle Jewish babies out of areas about to be invaded. Later, Elizabeth returns to the U.S. and learns of the death of her elderly benefactor. Book should've been condensed 50% and I might have enjoyed the author's wandering style more. Interested to see if other, more patient readers, enjoy this novel.

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Oct 14, 2019

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LindaTCL
Oct 14, 2019

Life about a poet during the Pre WW II years in France. (See my Comments for further descriptions)

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