“As you discover the stories embedded in this book, you’ll also ascertain that they transcend Paris; that they truly transcend any single, one moment. And with a cast of characters so divine, you’ll wish you could invite them all for dinner, just so you can be a part of their memories for a little while longer.”
The California Journal of Woman's Books
“Once it took hold of me, it didn’t let go. I loved all the characters that I met along the way. It will be hard to stop reading this book once you start going. A great first novel for Ms. Conley.”
Portland Book Review
“Conley’s first novel allows her to expand her reach with a complex story about a young American woman teaching poetry in Paris in 1989, facing heart-breaking personal challenges that will test her courage and love, as well as a moral and legal dilemma that may prove costly in many ways.”
The Morning Sentinel
“Conley's debut novel zips its readers to the Paris of the 1980s, with a plot centering around a young American woman teaching at a center for immigrant girls. At its heart the story explores the ties between family and friends, but Paris Was the Place also delights around the edges with descriptions of a sky "flanged lilac," dove gray apartments buildings, cafes with awnings, and crepes with lemon and butter and sugar.”
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