Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians, but amidst the dazzling creativity of the city's most famous citizens, four regular people are each searching for something they've lost. Marcel Proust's maid, Camille was asked to burn her employer's notebooks, but saved one for herself; Armenian refugee Souren performs puppet shows for children; artist Guillaume is down on his luck, until Gertrude Stein walks into his studio; and Jean-Paul is a journalist whose story is too painful to tell. When the quartet's paths finally cross on a single day in 1927, each discovers if they will find what they are looking for.
"No other recent novel both embraces and transcends its Parisian setting…. [It] brims with beauty, music, tragedy, uncertainty, and hope."—Chicago Review of Books