Francine Prose, author of Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, on tour April/May 2014

Posted By on March 20, 2014

Lovers at the Chameleon ClubAbout Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

• Print Length: 448 pages
• Publisher: Harper (April 22, 2014)

Paris in the 1920s. It is a city 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. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal denizens, including the rising photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.

As the years pass, their fortunes—and the world itself—evolve. Lou falls in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister: collaboration with the Nazis.

Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose’s finest novel yet.

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About Francine ProseFrancine Prose

Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife and the New York Times bestsellerReading Like a Writer. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, a Director’s Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, Prose is a former president of PEN American Center, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She lives in New York City.

Francine’s Tour Stops

Wednesday, April 23rd: BoundbyWords

Thursday, April 24th: Read Lately

Thursday, May 1st: All Things Girl

Monday, May 5th: BookNAround

Tuesday, May 6th: Ageless Pages Reviews

Tuesday, May 13th: A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, May 14th: Booksie’s Blog

Thursday, May 15th: missris

Friday, May 16th: Olduvai Reads

Monday, May 19th: Reading Reality

Tuesday, May 20th: Bibliotica

Wednesday, May 21st: What She Read …

Thursday, May 22nd: Snowdrop Dreams of Books

Friday, May 23rd: Bibliophiliac

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