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Publisher Description

The New York Times Bestseller!

“A beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world war.” —Malcolm Gladwell

An extraordinary novel about a gifted architect who reluctantly begins a secret life devising ingenious hiding places for Jews in World War II Paris, from an author who's been called "an up and coming Ken Follett." (Booklist)

In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money – and maybe get him killed. But if he’s clever enough, he’ll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won’t find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can’t resist. 

But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what’s at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we’ll go to make things right.

Written by an architect whose knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every soul hidden and every life saved.

Fiction & Literature
July 15
Sourcebooks, Inc
Sourcebooks, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Altothepal ,

Entertaining and gut wrenching

I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked seeing growth in the main character, whom was not very likable for much of the book. I think the author did a good job of showing different people and the roles they chose or were forced to play during the German occupation in France.

L. Ruh ,

Paris Architect

The entire time reading, I kept imagaining the book as a movie. It’s beautifully written and educational. I did feel that the ending was a bit weak and left some characters’ plot lines unfinished. But otherwise, I couldn’t put it down.

Anymoses ,

Great Story!

Loved this book - so creative, great character development but a fast paced page turner! Read it!

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