Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"A richly imagined and stunningly inventive story of love, art, and betrayal in Paris of the 20's, 30's, and 40's"-- Provided by publisher.
Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge with rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol; and caustic American writer Lionel Maine. As the years pass, their fortunes-- and the world itself-- evolve.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061713781
Characteristics: 436 pages ; 24 cm


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ser_library Apr 17, 2015

long, complex and beautifully written. i read the first quarter then gave up for lack of time and read the final chapters... but then skipped all through the middle. every voice is different.

Jan 17, 2015

loved the countess and her quirky Husband but Lou ? not so much she seemed to be sleep walking through most of the story yet it read well sometimes it got stuck in moral platitudes but not so much I couldn't stomach it.

athompson10 Oct 29, 2014

Very engrossing book. Through the alternating voices of several characters, the author takes the reader into Paris from the late 1920s to just before the end of World War II. Most of the main characters are not sympathetic but I did have sympathy for their difficulties in love, self-identity and making choices in an increasingly dark and brutal country. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the ending, which seemed inadequate.

ChristchurchLib May 25, 2014

"As a teenager, athlete and Olympic hopeful Louisianne “Lou” Villars travels to Paris, where she becomes a coat check girl at the infamous Chameleon Club, a cabaret favored by the city's bohemian demimonde, Lou falls in (and out of) love with performer Arlette, eventually achieving notoriety as a cross-dressing professional racecar driver with connections to the Nazi party. Inspired by the subjects of Brassaï's iconic 1932 photograph "Lesbian Couple at the Monocle," Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, draws on the real-life experiences of Violette Morris and her contemporaries." Historical Fiction May 2014 newsletter


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