Perestroika in Paris: A novel

Perestroika in Paris: A novel by Jane Smiley 052552035X 9780525520351
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NATIONAL BEST SELLER - From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author: a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals--and a young boy--whose lives intersect in Paris in this feel-good escape" (The New York Times).

Paras, short for Perestroika, is a spirited racehorse at a racetrack west of Paris. One afternoon at dusk, she finds the door of her stall open and--shes a curious filly--wanders all the way to the City of Light. Shes dazzled and often mystified by the sights, sounds, and smells around her, but she isnt afraid.

Soon she meets an elegant dog, a German shorthaired pointer named Frida, who knows how to get by without attracting the attention of suspicious Parisians. Paras and Frida coexist for a time in the citys lush green spaces, nourished by Fridas strategic trips to the vegetable market. They keep company with two irrepressible ducks and an opinionated raven. But then Paras meets a human boy, Etienne, and discovers a new, otherworldly part of Paris: the ivy-walled house where the boy and his nearly-one-hundred-year-old great-grandmother live in seclusion.

As the cold weather nears, the unlikeliest of friendships bloom. But how long can a runaway horse stay undiscovered in Paris? How long can a boy keep her hidden and all to himself? Jane Smileys beguiling new novel is itself an adventure that celebrates curiosity, ingenuity, and the desire of all creatures for true love and freedom.

Author: Jane SMILEY

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 288

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2020-12-01


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