Review – The Paris Bookseller – Kerri Maher

Firstly my sincere thanks to Rosie Margesson for running a competition on Twitter for book bloggers to potentially win a copy of this book. I feel very lucky to have been one of the lucky recipients. As the publication date was imminent, I prioritised the book.

Title: The Paris Bookseller

Author: Kerri Maher

Publication Date: 11th January 2022

Paris 1919

Young, bookish Sylvia Beach knows there is no greater city in the world than Paris. But when she opens an English language bookshop on the bohemian Left Bank, Sylvia can’t yet know she is making history.

Many leading writers of the day, from Ernest Hemingway to Gertrude Stein, consider Shakespeare and Company a second home. Here some of the most profound literary friendships blossom – and none more so than between James Joyce and Sylvia herself.

When Joyce’s controversial novel Ulysses is banned, Sylvia determines to publish it through Shakespeare and Company. But the success and notoriety of publishing the most infamous book of the century comes at deep personal cost as Sylvia risks ruin, reputation and her heart in the name of the life-changing power of books…

My Thoughts:

I had a feeling that this was going to be a really good read from the first page. Firstly I loved being transported back in time to Paris.

The novel centres on the story of Sylvia Beach and her opening a book store in Paris. She also assists James Joyce in the publication of his novel Ulysses. This endeavour provides many years of difficult experiences.

Maher does a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. I devoured the book rather quickly as I wanted to know how the story was going to progress.

About the Author:

Kerri Maher holds an MFA from Columbia University and was a writing professor for many years. She now writes full-time and lives with her daughter and dog in a leafy suburb west of Boston, Massachusetts.