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Radiant City

by Lauren B Davis

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | April 6, 2006 | Trade Paperback

Radiant City is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

Scarred by his experiences as a war correspondent, Matthew fleesto Paris to heal and forget—even as he must stir up the past to write thememoir he’s promised to his impatient literary agent. Resurrecting afriendship with Jack, a Vietnam vet and ex-mercenary, Matthew enters Jack’salcohol-dimmed world of shadowy bars and calculating lovers. But there is alsoSaida—beautiful, damaged and proud—who fled Lebanon with her family and nowruns a café. Matthew is drawn to her kindness, and to her fierce love for herteenage son, who is growing into manhood on the treacherous streets of the NorthAfrican quarter.

This is Paris far from the glimmer of tourist lights. Heresecrets are divulged, guilt and passion revealed, and Matthew is caught up in aninescapable final confrontation. The Radiant City is a novel ofastonishing depth and power.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.06 × 5.25 × 0.81 in

Published: April 6, 2006

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006393470

ISBN - 13: 9780006393474

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! Paris is the radiant city. A place where people come to find hope, or find their life dull and are in need of excitement. Most people think that Paris is the most amazing city in the world, but behind all the huge shops and gorgeous monuments, Paris is poor. The immigrants find it difficult to find work, the apartments are old and expensive. Matthew is a journalist, who has traveled all over the world. He ends up saving a family in Lebanon, and gets shot. He stays in a run-down apartment, where he has to write a story about his life. He goes into a café, where he bonds with the family that runs it. The were from a country that was in war, and they came to Paris in hopes of a better life. But in Paris, they are now subject to racism. Saida and her son are ridiculed when they do something that their neighbour does not approve of. “‘You Arabs…letting your children run the streets. Criminals and drug addicts. It will be the death of France!’” This is an amazing book, and I think everyone should read it. It truly is an amazing piece of literature!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She does it again Bravo Ms. Davis. She has proven that the first book wasnt a fluke and that she is a true Wordsmith .The narrative flows effortlessly the dialogue is sharp and characters real . Regardless of whether you have been to Paris or not after you read this book you will know what Paris of today is like. This book is a worthy succesor to the Stuborn Season and I loved every page of it. I recomend it to anyone interested in human drama of every day people with real problems to deal with and limited resources at their disposal. Keep writing Ms. Davis. Can't wait for your next effort. Dusan
Date published: 2005-06-12

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Radiant City

by Lauren B Davis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.06 × 5.25 × 0.81 in

Published: April 6, 2006

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0006393470

ISBN - 13: 9780006393474

From the Publisher

Scarred by his experiences as a war correspondent, Matthew fleesto Paris to heal and forget—even as he must stir up the past to write thememoir he’s promised to his impatient literary agent. Resurrecting afriendship with Jack, a Vietnam vet and ex-mercenary, Matthew enters Jack’salcohol-dimmed world of shadowy bars and calculating lovers. But there is alsoSaida—beautiful, damaged and proud—who fled Lebanon with her family and nowruns a café. Matthew is drawn to her kindness, and to her fierce love for herteenage son, who is growing into manhood on the treacherous streets of the NorthAfrican quarter.

This is Paris far from the glimmer of tourist lights. Heresecrets are divulged, guilt and passion revealed, and Matthew is caught up in aninescapable final confrontation. The Radiant City is a novel ofastonishing depth and power.

About the Author

LAUREN B. DAVIS is the author of the bestselling andcritically acclaimed novel The Stubborn Season, as well as acollection of short stories, Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives.Born in Montreal, Davis lived in France for 10 years. She now lives inPrinceton, New Jersey.