Scarred by his experiences as a war
correspondent, Matthew fleesto Paris to heal and forgeteven as he
must stir up the past to write thememoir hes promised to his
impatient literary agent. Resurrecting afriendship with Jack, a
Vietnam vet and ex-mercenary, Matthew enters Jacksalcohol-dimmed
world of shadowy bars and calculating lovers. But there is
alsoSaidabeautiful, damaged and proudwho 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.