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The Strays of Paris Hardcover – 18 February 2021

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A marvellous novelist ― Guardian

Sunshine in book form ―
Daily Mail

As delightful as it is surprising . . . A joyfully escapist celebration of friendship and freedom ―
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Absorbing and warming ―
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If you’re looking for a feel-good escape, try this ―
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An immersive fable . . . Beguiling . . . A comforting read at the end of a difficult year ― a winter’s tale full of wit, warmth, and charm ―
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The life-affirming grownup fable we all need right about now . . . It might just be the perfect antidote for 2020 . . . Jane Smiley has created a world where kindness is king, and that’s exactly where I want to be ―
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A cozy, fairy-tale trot through the City of Light . . . Delightful, heartwarming . . . An appealing balm for harsh times . . . It’s such a joy when an author whose work you’ve been reading for decades surprises you with something unexpected . . . An especially welcome reminder of the bright spots even in dark times ―

In an era beset by polarization and even violent tribalism, it feels like a gift to find a novel in which characters of different species ― with different desires and instincts ― come together to build a community ―
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In her sensuous responsiveness to the facts of the world, Smiley has started to look like the best living American novelist


Smiley makes the most ordinary moments extraordinary with her dazzling prose ―
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And here was the boy. He stood at the end of the grand salon, staring at her. He held nothing in his hand, no apple or carrot, but she walked over to him anyway . . .

Paras is a spirited young racehorse living in a stable in the French countryside. That is until one afternoon when she pushes open the gate of her stall and, travelling through the night, arrives quite by chance in the dazzling streets of Paris.

She soon meets a German shorthaired pointer named Frida, two irrepressible ducks and an opinionated crow, and life among the animals in the city’s lush green spaces is enjoyable for a time. But everything changes when Paras meets a human boy, Étienne, and discovers a new, otherworldly part of Paris: the secluded, ivy-walled house where the boy and his nearly-one-hundred-year-old great-grandmother live quietly and keep to themselves. As the cold weather of Christmas nears, the unlikeliest of friendships blooms among these strays of Paris.

But how long can a runaway horse live undiscovered in Paris? And how long can one boy keep her all to himself? Charming and beguiling in equal measure, Jane Smiley’s novel celebrates the intrinsic need for friendship, love and freedom, whomever you may be . . .

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mantle (18 February 2021); The Smithson, 6 Briset Street, London EC1M 5NR
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529052971
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529052978
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 367 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.2 x 2.8 x 22.3 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ United Kingdom
  • Importer ‏ : ‎ Pan Macmillan Publishing
  • Packer ‏ : ‎ AAJ Enterprises
  • Generic Name ‏ : ‎ Book
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Jane Smiley (born September 26, 1949) is an American novelist. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres (1991). Born in Los Angeles, California, Smiley grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and graduated from Community School and from John Burroughs School. She obtained a BA in literature at Vassar College (1971), then earned an MA (1975), MFA (1976), and PhD (1978) from the University of Iowa. While working towards her doctorate, she also spent a year studying in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar. From 1981 to 1996 she was a Professor of English at Iowa State University, teaching undergraduate and graduate creative writing workshops, and continuing to teach there even after relocating to California.

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