Mamta Chaudhry-Haunting Paris

Mamta Chaudhry

Bio

Mamta Chaudhry has been published in the Miami Review, The Illustrated Weekly of India, The Telegraph, The Statesman, Writer’s Digest, and The Rotarian, among others. She lives with her husband in Coral Gables, Florida, and they spend part of each year in India and France. Haunting Paris is her first novel.

Sessions

Suppressed History and Memory Come Back with a Vengeance

In these two works of fiction, created from archives and imaginations, the characters wrestle with erased histories through myriad conversations among the living and the dead. Haunting Paris is set in the city of light in 1989, the year of the French Revolution Bicentennial, and 1942, and Savage Conversations in 1875 in Bellvue Place Sanitarium, Batavia, Illinois. Both stories reveal the unexpected power of suppressed history and memory.

Moderator: Pearl McHaney

Pearl Amelia McHaney is the Kenneth M. England Professor of Southern Literature at Georgia State University where she also directs the Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA). In 2014, her book-length study A Tyrannous Eye: Eudora Welty’s Nonfiction and Photography was published and she received the Phoenix Award for outstanding achievement in Welty Studies from the Eudora Welty Society. She is the editor of Eudora Welty as Photographer, winner of the Eudora Welty Prize; Occasions: Selected Writings by Eudora Welty; Eudora Welty: Contemporary Reviews; A Writer’s Eye: Collected Reviews by Eudora; and the Eudora Welty Review.

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Haunting Paris

In the summer of 1989, while Paris is poised to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution, Sylvie mourns the loss of her lover, Julien, and is unable to find solace in the music that has always been her refuge. Julien’s sister and one of her daughters perished in the Holocaust; but Julien held out hope that the other daughter managed to escape. Julien had devoted years to secretly tracking his niece, and now Sylvie picks up where he left off. Sylvie sets out on her quest, watched over by Julien’s ghost. Sylvie’s journey leads her deep into the secrets of Julien’s past, shedding new light on the dark days of Nazi-held Paris and on the character of the man Sylvie loved. BUY THIS BOOK!

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