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By Jane Delury

A century-spanning portrait of the population of a French village, revealing the deception, depression, love, and longing underneath the calm floor of normal lives.

What if our houses may perhaps inform the tales of others who lived there prior to us? Set in a small village close to Paris, The Balcony follows the population of a unmarried estate-including a manor and a servants' cottage-over the process a number of generations, from the Belle Époque to the current day, introducing us to a desirable forged of characters. a tender American au pair develops a weigh down on her incredible corporation. An ex-courtesan shocks the servants, a Jewish couple in hiding from the Gestapo allure the interest of the acquaintances, and a housewife starts off an affair whereas renovating her downstairs. wealthy and negative, old and young, strong and persecuted, all of those individuals are looking anything: which means, love, a brand new starting, or in basic terms survival.

Throughout, cross-generational connections and bothered legacies hang-out an analogous areas, in order that the rose backyard, the wooded area pond, and the balcony off the manor's 3rd ground bed room develop into silent witnesses to a century of human drama.

In her debut, Jane Delury writes with masterful financial system and profound knowledge approximately turning out to be up, aging, marriage, infidelity, motherhood - in different phrases, approximately existence - weaving a beautiful tapestry of relationships, life-altering offerings, and fleeting moments around the body of the 20th century. a luxurious narrative of position that burrows deep into person lives to bare hidden regrets, resentments, and wishes, The Balcony is brimming with compassion, traditional attractiveness, and unmistakable humanity.

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