Jonathan Vatner - Carnegie Hill & Mamta Chaudhry - Haunting Paris — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

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Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Vatner’s insightful and witty first novel explores marriage through the lens of the residents and staff of the Chelmsford Arms, an upper crust co-op in New York’s Carnegie Hill neighborhood. The narrative focuses on Penelope "Pepper" Bradford, age 33 and with no discernible direction in her life aside from her engagement to Rick, an up-and-coming financier. Despite signs of trouble, the two go ahead with their wedding, and Pepper looks for moral support by joining the board of the Chelmsford Arms. Its youngest member, as she makes friends with her older, wiser neighbors she discovers that even the most venerable, fifty-year unions have difficulties—and that the only truly happy couple in the place are the gay porter and doorman. 


Set in 1989 Paris, during the city’s celebration of the bicentennial of the French Revolution, Chaudhry’s elegant debut novel is a moving story of love’s power to survive. The story opens as Sylvie, a pianist, mourns the death of Julien, an older, Jewish psychologist who had left his family for her. When Sylvie finds a note and a photograph of Julien’s sister, who, with other relatives and some 13,000 Parisian Jews was arrested in the Vel d'Hiv Roundup in 1942, she embarks on a quest to confirm, once and for all, Julien’s belief that one of his nieces had survived the Holocaust. Chaudhry, a poet and widely published feature writer, rotates the narration of this affecting novel among several characters, including Julien, affirming that some bonds survive even death. 


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Fiction & Poetry
Carnegie Hill: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250174765
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - August 20th, 2019

Haunting Paris: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385544603
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Nan A. Talese - June 18th, 2019

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