A Letter from Paris (Paperback)

A True Story of Hidden Art, Lost Romance, and Family Reclaimed

By Louisa Deasey

Scribe Us, 9781947534612, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/26/2020)
Compact Disc (12/31/2019)
MP3 CD (12/31/2019)

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Description

A father's long-lost letters spark a compelling tale of inheritance and creativity, loss and reunion

When Louisa Deasey receives a message from a Frenchwoman called Coralie, who has found a cache of letters in an attic, written about Louisa's father, neither woman can imagine the events it will set in motion.

The letters, dated 1949, detail a passionate affair between Louisa's father, Denison, and Coralie's grandmother, Michelle, in post-war London. They spark Louisa to find out more about her father, who died when she was six. From the seemingly simple question "Who was Denison Deasey?" follows a trail of discovery that leads Louisa to the streets of London, to the cafes and restaurants of Paris and a poet's villa in the south of France. From her father's secret service in World War II to his relationships with some of the most famous bohemian artists in post-war Europe, Louisa unearths a portrait of a fascinating man, both at the epicenter and the mercy of the social and political currents of his time.

A Letter from Paris is about the stories we tell ourselves, and the secrets the past can uncover, showing the power of the written word to cross the bridges of time.