Simon & Schuster
On Sale: June 11, 2019
Hardcover / e-Book
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The acclaimed, award-winning author of A Watch of
Nightingales imagines in a sweeping and stunning novel
what happened to the poet Elizabeth Bishop during three
life-changing weeks she spent in Paris amidst the imminent
threat of World War II.
June 1937. Elizabeth
Bishop, still only a young woman and not yet one of the most
influential poets of the twentieth century, arrives in
France with her college roommates. They are in search of an
escape, and inspiration, far from the protective world of
Vassar College where they were expected to find an
impressive husband, a quiet life, and act accordingly. But
the world is changing, and as they explore the City of
Light, the larger threats of fascism and occupation are
looming. There, they meet a community of upper-crust
expatriates who not only bring them along on a life-changing
adventure, but also into an underground world of rebellion
that will quietly alter the course of Elizabeth's life
Paris, 7 A.M. imagines 1937—the only
year Elizabeth, a meticulous keeper of journals, didn't
fully chronicle—in vivid detail and brings us from Paris to
Normandy where Elizabeth becomes involved with a group
rescuing Jewish "orphans" and delivering them to convents
where they will be baptized as Catholics and saved from the
impending horror their parents will face.
and captivating, Liza Wieland's Paris, 7 A.M. is a
beautifully rendered take on the formative years of one of
America's most celebrated—and mythologized—female poets.
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