Author: Charles Belfoure
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Idgie Says: I had hoped to get my hands on a copy of this book, but there was a limited amount of print copies available, this was going the Netgalley route for reviewers. So while I didn't review it, it looks to be a very interesting book and I'll get my hands on a copy of it at some point for personal reading.
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Paris, 1942: Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. Yet, when a wealthy industrialist offers him a coveted position designing German factories in exchange for creating secret hiding places for Jewish families, Lucien can’t resist the money—or the challenge. He begins a secret life, designing expertly concealed spaces invisible to the untrained eye, while working with the Germans on the other side.
But when one of Lucien’s clever hiding spaces fails horribly, the devastating plight of the Jews becomes personal. Lucien can no longer deny their suffering, or their shared humanity.
Inspired by the true story of Hitler’s personal architect Albert Speer, The Paris Architect imagines what might have happened if Speer had switched allegiances. An award-winning architect himself, Belfoure incorporates real architectural puzzles from history throughout the novel.
Praised by critics, booksellers and readers alike, The Paris Architect is a powerfully human novel of survival, self-knowledge, and the challenge of sacrifice.