Publication Date: 08/07/2021 ISBN: 9780241470718 Category:

The Paper Palace

Miranda Cowley Heller

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date: 08/07/2021 ISBN: 9780241470718 Category:


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‘A deeply emotional love story that follows one day in the life of Elle Bishop as she navigates the unravelling of secrets, lies and a very complex love triangle’ REESE WITHERSPOON

‘Glorious and gorgeous. I was absolutely immersed and gripped and I’m devastated to have finished it’ MARIAN KEYES



On a perfect August morning, Elle Bishop heads out for a swim in the pond below ‘The Paper Palace’ – her family’s holiday home in Cape Cod. As she dives beneath the water she relives the passionate encounter she had the night before, against the side of the house that knows all her darkest secrets, while her husband and mother chatted to their guests inside…

So begins a story that unfolds over twenty-four hours and fifty years, as Elle’s shocking betrayal leads her to a life-changing decision – and an ending you won’t be able to stop thinking about.


‘Here is a love triangle that keeps you turning the pages’ Rachel Joyce
‘Utterly addictive’ Rosamund Lupton
‘Dry, sharp and with devastating depths plumbed so elegantly’ Pandora Sykes
‘Smart, atmospheric and seriously juicy’ Stylist
‘Earthy, intoxicating, shimmering’ Sunday Times

Readers have been gripped by THE PAPER PALACE too:

***** ‘I devoured this book in a couple of days’
***** ‘I fell in love with the characters’
***** ‘A heart-rending love story filled with so many complications, you won’t want to finish it’
***** ‘It pulled me in from the first page’
***** ‘If you loved Where the Crawdads Sing then you will love this book as well’

Publisher Review

A beautifully constructed, wonderfully intelligent and beguiling novel, rich with a multitude of pleasures — William Boyd It’s glorious and gorgeous. I was absolutely immersed and gripped and I’m devastated to have finished it — Marian Keyes It’s been ages since I was so absorbed in a contemporary novel. I loved it — Nick Hornby In rich and sensuous prose, Cowley Heller, cracks open the human heart and exposes her character’s choices: the paths not taken and the devastating consequences. I smelled the old cabins and the backwoods, felt the pond water lapping around my ankles, experienced the love and loss of family. A perceptive and powerful story which will stay with me for a long time — Claire Fuller, author of Unsettled Ground Tightly woven and immediate, The Paper Palace takes us deep into a vivid summer landscape, a family, and a private, longstanding love story, and holds us there from start to finish — Meg Wolitzer, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife and The Female Persuasion I can’t think of a more brilliant debut than The Paper Palace. Enticing, assured and multi-layered, it introduces a major new voice in American fiction . . . A marvel — Cressida Connolly Absolutely phenomenal novel – dazzling writing and utterly addictive. Read it — Rosamund Lupton It felt as if I read The Paper Palace in one go. It was completely immersive, and shocking, and utterly alive. I loved it — Nina Stibbe The Paper Palace turned out to be the very page-turner I needed. If you want to learn something about love over a long time – how it can hurt, how it can soar – read this book — Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes Miranda Cowley Heller has written a magnificent page-turner, a love story that shimmers with desire, intelligence, and humor. Lush and gorgeously written, The Paper Palace is as intoxicating as a summer night by the sea. I didn’t want it to end — Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest Set in the physical and psychic landscape of Cape Cod, The Paper Palace is a fever dream of a novel, luminous with love and shot through with humor and heartbreak. It is a book that explores the indelibility of childhood, what it means to be shaped by place, and all that is unpredictable about the human heart. I couldn’t put it down — Adrienne Brodeur, author of Wild Game Beautifully written, richly compelling, The Paper Palace is as dark and uncompromising as it is tender and lyrical. Here is a love triangle that keeps you turning the pages, a vivid evocation of place, and an exploration of the one of the most unsettling of secrets — Rachel Joyce

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