Lehman’s brevity is his strength, as drawing out the story might have ruined its quiet pacing and intensity. Toward the end of the book, Monsieur Cygne asks William what he’s learned about French literature, to which he answers, “I would say it is about the inevitability of loss”—and so is Lehman’s tale. A lyrical, lovely story of doomed romance that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
Eric Lehman has written a beautiful book about secrets, doomed love, French literature, food, and the way that life has of showing us just what we need to heal the past. I loved every page.
–Maddie Dawson, bestselling author of The Stuff That Never Happened and The Survivor's Guide to Family Happiness
Beautifully written, Shadows of Paris is a richly woven story that intimately ties personality to place. It will make you pause, it will make you smile. It will touch your heart.
–David K. Leff, author of Canoeing Maine’s Legendary Allagash and Maple Sugaring: Keeping It Real in New England
A love letter to Paris disguised as a novella...While William falls in love with Lucy and with Paris, readers of Shadows of Paris will enjoy being there with them.
- Jeanne Griggs, Necromancy Never Pays
An easy, yet poetic and identifiable tale of self-discovery, innocence-meets-experience and permission to let go of your regrets and to truly live. A splash of romance, a touch of mystery and a relatable authenticity.
- Katrina Szish, writer, tv correspondent, media and fashion guru
This spare novella takes its time unspooling their mysteries, but along the way it takes us on an enjoyable tour of Paris and a delightful dip into Emile Zola, Victor Hugo and other titans of French literature.
- Maureen McCarthy, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Winner of the Next Generation Independent Book Awards, Novella
Winner of the Silver Medal in the Foreword Reviews Indie Book Awards, Romance
Finalist for the Connecticut Book Award