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Radiant City

by Lauren B Davis

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | February 17, 2005 | Hardcover

Radiant City is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
“Light is neutral and indifferent. It can blind as well as reveal. It can save someone who wanders too close to an unseen edge, but it can just as easily betray a person cowering in a hidden place….”

So thinks Matthew Bowles, as he stares out his Paris window at the sun sparkling off a tiny fountain in the place du Dublin in the 8th arrondissement. Matthew, a traumatized war correspondent, has fled to the anonymity of Paris after himself becoming an international story for a failed act of heroism. He has been offered a book contract, but the ghosts of his past threaten to overtake him as he struggles to write his memoirs.

In a city of refugees, Matthew is a refugee from reality, as homeless as those whose shattered lives he records. Matthew resurrects a friendship with Jack Saddler—Vietnam vet, ex-mercenary and sometime combat photographer—and is drawn into Jack’s world of shadowy bars, calculating lovers and booze-fuelled nights of forgetting.

But he is also befriended by Saida, the beautiful, scarred woman who fled Lebanon with her family and now runs a café on the place du Dublin. Matthew is drawn in by her kindness and her fierce love for Joseph, her sixteen-year-old son, who is growing into manhood on the treacherous streets of the North African quarter.

This is Paris far from the glimmer of tourist lights. It is here that secrets are divulged, guilt and passion are revealed, and Matthew is caught up in an inescapable final confrontation.

Shining light into the no-man’s-land of war zones, Paris’s unseen quarters, and the darkest corners of the human mind and heart, Lauren B. Davis delivers a novel of astonishing depth and power. The Radiant City is the story of a man rediscovering his humanity and the necessity of participating in life rather than simply observing it.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 325 pages, 8.75 × 5.69 × 1.11 in

Published: February 17, 2005

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 000200576X

ISBN - 13: 9780002005760

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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

Radiant City

by Lauren B Davis

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 325 pages, 8.75 × 5.69 × 1.11 in

Published: February 17, 2005

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 000200576X

ISBN - 13: 9780002005760

From the Publisher

“Light is neutral and indifferent. It can blind as well as reveal. It can save someone who wanders too close to an unseen edge, but it can just as easily betray a person cowering in a hidden place….”

So thinks Matthew Bowles, as he stares out his Paris window at the sun sparkling off a tiny fountain in the place du Dublin in the 8th arrondissement. Matthew, a traumatized war correspondent, has fled to the anonymity of Paris after himself becoming an international story for a failed act of heroism. He has been offered a book contract, but the ghosts of his past threaten to overtake him as he struggles to write his memoirs.

In a city of refugees, Matthew is a refugee from reality, as homeless as those whose shattered lives he records. Matthew resurrects a friendship with Jack Saddler—Vietnam vet, ex-mercenary and sometime combat photographer—and is drawn into Jack’s world of shadowy bars, calculating lovers and booze-fuelled nights of forgetting.

But he is also befriended by Saida, the beautiful, scarred woman who fled Lebanon with her family and now runs a café on the place du Dublin. Matthew is drawn in by her kindness and her fierce love for Joseph, her sixteen-year-old son, who is growing into manhood on the treacherous streets of the North African quarter.

This is Paris far from the glimmer of tourist lights. It is here that secrets are divulged, guilt and passion are revealed, and Matthew is caught up in an inescapable final confrontation.

Shining light into the no-man’s-land of war zones, Paris’s unseen quarters, and the darkest corners of the human mind and heart, Lauren B. Davis delivers a novel of astonishing depth and power. The Radiant City is the story of a man rediscovering his humanity and the necessity of participating in life rather than simply observing it.

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.