Paris: The Novel - Edward Rutherfurd

"Paris" is the story of three families: the aristocratic Cygnes, and the poor/peasant LeSourds and Gascons. Author Edward Rutherfurd takes us through the families' history ... and how they intertwine ... from the 17th Century up through 1968.

Along the way, we see the French Revolution, the Belle Epoque, World Wars I and II (including an insider's look at the Resistance) and more from three different perspective and three very different sets of experiences.

One of the things I always appreciate is how well Rutherfurd's books are researched. His information gives us outstanding looks at the 1920s Paris art scene, for example, as his characters interact with Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and others. As one of his characters, Marc, is an artist, we also learn about the modern art scene.

This is a brilliantly executed book about one of my favorite cities in the world. I recommend it highly.