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|Location||Call Number||Branch||Item Status|
|Downtown 2nd Floor||Fiction / Delury, Jane||Downtown Library||On Shelf|
|Malletts Adult Books||Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Delury, Jane||Malletts Creek Branch||Due 07-20-2020|
What if our homes could tell the stories of others who lived there before us? Set in a small village near Paris, The Balcony follows the inhabitants of a single estate--including a manor and a servants' cottage--over the course of several generations, from the Belle Époque to the present day, introducing us to a fascinating cast of characters. A young American au pair develops a crush on her brilliant employer. An ex-courtesan shocks the servants, a Jewish couple in hiding from the Gestapo attract the curiosity of the neighbors, and a housewife begins an affair while renovating her downstairs. Rich and poor, young and old, powerful and persecuted, all of these people are seeking something: meaning, love, a new beginning, or merely survival. Throughout, cross-generational connections and troubled legacies haunt the same spaces, so that the rose garden, the forest pond, and the balcony off the manor's third floor bedroom become silent witnesses to a century of human drama. In her debut, Jane Delury writes with masterful economy and profound wisdom about growing up, growing old, marriage, infidelity, motherhood--in other words, about life--weaving a gorgeous tapestry of relationships, life-altering choices, and fleeting moments across the frame of the twentieth century. A sumptuous narrative of place that burrows deep into individual lives to reveal hidden regrets, resentments, and desires, The Balcony is brimming with compassion, natural beauty, and unmistakable humanity.
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Kind of disappointing submitted by Zekicmom on July 15, 2018, 2:22pm I assumed I was going to really enjoy "The Balcony" based on a review I had read, but I didn't. I found the way it jumped back and forth between different times and inhabitants of the properties where most of the book takes place to be confusing. It was a quick and easy read, but left me unsatified.