A Cruel Calm: Paris Between The Wars
What was love like in the era before annulments, reliable contraceptives, and acceptance of homosexuality? A CRUEL CALM, Paris Between the Wars visits an era of idealism and innovation on all levels when Paris was the cultural capital of the Western World. Politics, religion, social mores, and a special time in history (1927–1939) determine the fate of a young Catholic socialite from Washington, DC, as she tries to find out if it is only after great sorrow that love can come again. Well-researched, A CRUEL CALM includes Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic and the huge crowds that awaited him at Le Bouget Aeroport; Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Joseph Campbell and Hemingway in their own words; the Surrealist movement; lady pilots Bessie Coleman and Amelia Earhart; a train ride to Reno; Black Thursday; the ravages from the Great War, omens of a new war brewing, and much more. This is a story replete with historical detail, universal conflict, and sensational romance and could easily be adapted as a screenplay.
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Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite
“A Cruel Calm: Paris Between the Wars” takes readers back on a visit to an era when Paris was the cultural capital of the world, a time when Paris was recovering from the First World War and awaiting the next great war. Libby Whitaker and her new husband Michael move to Paris during this time, and Libby flaunts her ability to move among the circles of the high and mighty there. She takes in Charles Lindbergh and his first flight in 1927, along with meeting Ernest Hemingway and many others along the way. The sad and unfortunate thing for Libby is that she didn’t really know her husband well before she married him. Therefore it wasn’t until after the marriage that she found out he liked men much more than women. And being Catholic, she couldn’t divorce him, but at the same time she couldn’t stand to be around him, and how can we blame her? Libby make a lot of choices, good and bad, and endures a lot of pain along the way.
Patricia Daly-Lipe indeed did her homework in researching for this book, bringing vivid details of the area, the artist, and the life in Paris that readers are sure to enjoy. Her characters are realistic and make the story interesting and enjoyable. Libby’s story is not always easy to read and follow, but I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her, and meet all of the interesting people she met along the way. "A Cruel Calm" is a nice story to read and enjoy, so why not grab a copy to read and enjoy for yourself?