Goodbye, Paris is the story of Grace, those around her and the ways in which Grace grows and comes into her own as she comes to better understand her life and experiences. I found that this book grew on me and I finished it with regret at saying au revoir to Grace, teen Nadia and elderly Mr. Williams.
When the novel begins, Grace is a maker of stringed instruments; her special love is the cello. She has left music school crushed; you will find out why as you read. Grace has been in a long term affair with David who is married.
Nadia, a musical prodigy works in Grace’s shop. Mr. Williams, who is gay, is introduced as someone who wants to repair a violin that has sentimental value. What happens to each, both individually and together, forms the basis for a moving narrative.
Please think about looking at this novel. The settings in England, Paris and Cremona are well described. The music at the heart of the novel enhances the reader’s experience. The characters are human and flawed. Together all of this makes for an excellent read.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this e-galley in return for an unbiased review.