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The Paris Showroom
The Paris Showroom | Juliet Blackwell
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In Nazi-occupied Paris, a talented artisan must fight for her life by designing for her enemies. From New York Times bestselling author Juliet Blackwell comes an extraordinary story about holding on to hope when all seems lost. Capucine Benoit works alongside her father to produce fans of rare feathers, beads, and intricate pleating for the haute couture fashion houses. But after the Germans invade Paris in June 1940, Capucine and her father must focus on mere survival--until they are betrayed to the secret police and arrested for his political beliefs. When Capucine saves herself from deportation to Auschwitz by highlighting her connections to Parisian design houses, she is sent to a little-known prison camp located in the heart of Paris, within the Lvitan department store. There, hundreds of prisoners work to sort through, repair, and put on display the massive quantities of art, furniture, and household goods looted from Jewish homes and businesses. Forced to wait on German officials and their wives and mistresses, Capucine struggles to hold her tongue in order to survive, remembering happier days spent in the art salons, ateliers, and jazz clubs of Montmartre in the 1920s. Capucine's estranged daughter, Mathilde, remains in the care of her conservative paternal grandparents, who are prospering under the Nazi occupation. But after her mother is arrested and then a childhood friend goes missing, the usually obedient Mathilde finds herself drawn into the shadowy world of Paris's Rsistance fighters. As her mind opens to new ways of looking at the world, Mathilde also begins to see her unconventional mother in a different light. When an old acquaintance arrives to go "shopping" at the Lvitan department store on the arm of a Nazi officer and secretly offers to help Capucine get in touch with Mathilde, this seeming act of kindness could have dangerous consequences.
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Prompt: CAMP/CAMPFIRE

HISTORICAL FICTION - WWII

Takes place in a Parisian furniture store…Levitan…that was turned into a concentration “camp” where prisoners would sort the contents stolen from the homes of Jewish families and where German officers would “shop.”

Have you heard of this?

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tpixie No, but sounds great. It is so tragic how many ways the Jews were defiled. Stealing their homes and belongings, much less their lives. 1mo
Eggs I have not heard of this…horrifying 😞 1mo
SilversReviews @tpixie Yes - awful!! 1mo
SilversReviews @Eggs Yes - terrible!! 1mo
tpixie I did enjoy her 1mo
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A really worthwhile read. Dual story lines of a mother and daughter experiencing WWII in Paris in markedly different ways. The setting, a Nazi prison camp in Paris, is based on fact. Compelling characters dealing with difficult choices, this one was hard to put down.

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I also picked this up on my last visit to the library. It looks really interesting, and I‘m hoping for some quiet reading time with this today.

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I had never heard of this camp.

In this “showroom,” the Jewish prisoners were made to sort and then sell the items the Germans had taken from the homes of Jewish families who were evacuated from their homes. The German officers would "shop" in the store.

If you enjoy Juliet‘s books, you won‘t want to miss this one.

ENJOY!!

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/4bskzy88

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EvieBee I‘m excited for this one, too! 2y
SilversReviews @EvieBee It is something I didn‘t know about. Enjoy!! 2y
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FULL REVIEW 4/22.

We meet Mathilde and Capucine during the occupation of Paris....mother and daughter.

Mathilde was safe with her grandparents, but Capucine was taken away by the Nazis.

Capucine was sent to a camp that was in a Parisian furniture store - Levitan - where stolen good were sold to Nazi officers.

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