A moody, sumptuous debut novel set in 1990s Paris
Matilde Anselm, professor of cardiac anesthesiology, arrives in
Paris from New York to be part of a surgery team in the winter of
1990, as manifestations against the First Gulf War are raging in
the streets. Even as her concerns mount over the shadowy protocols
surrounding the planned heart transplant, and even as she falls in
love with the Arab diplomat in charge of those protocols, a
surprise inheritance-a mysterious Paris apartment and a trove of
love letters from the Spanish Civil War, bequeathed to her by a
stranger-sweep her through a hidden Paris and into the labyrinth of
her own buried past.
As the diplomat and the apartment reluctantly reveal their
secrets, the tragedies they unearth open a further mystery, the
enigma that has haunted Matilde's life. In the end she is left
devastated, liberated, and, for the very first time, herself.
Paris Twilight grapples with the meaning of love,
the sin of suicide, and the mystery of family in a masterful
fiction debut, a dizzying tale of personal transformation.