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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 : a novel, Francine Prose

Label
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 : a novel
Title
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Francine Prose
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself. 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
Summary
As a teenager, athlete and Olympic hopeful Louisianne “Lou” Villars travels to Paris, where she becomes a coat check girl at the infamous Chameleon Club, a cabaret favored by the city's bohemian demimonde, Lou falls in (and out of) love with performer Arlette, eventually achieving notoriety as a cross-dressing professional racecar driver with connections to the Nazi party. Inspired by the subjects of Brassaï's iconic 1932 photograph "Lesbian Couple at the Monocle," Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, draws on the real-life experiences of Violette Morris and her contemporaries. -- Description by Gillian Speace
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Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2014.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2014
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10301641
Cataloging source
DLC
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1947-
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Prose, Francine
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3566.R68
LC item number
L68 2014
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Paris (France)
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Betrayal
  • Aliens
  • Lesbians
  • Nightclubs
Target audience
adult
Label
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 : a novel, Francine Prose
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocn857966839
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780061713781
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013048443
System control number
(OCoLC)857966839
Label
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 : a novel, Francine Prose
Publication
Control code
ocn857966839
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780061713781
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013048443
System control number
(OCoLC)857966839

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