Radiant City

Paperback | April 17, 2006

byLauren B. Davis

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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.

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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 love...

Lauren B. Davis is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novelsThe Stubborn Season, The Radiant City, Our Daily Bread—which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named a best book of the year by bothThe Globe and MailandThe Boston Globe—andThe Empty Room—named a best book of the year by theNational Postand...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.88 inPublished:April 17, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006393470

ISBN - 13:9780006393474

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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