Paradise City

Paradise City

Book - 2015
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Beatrice Kizza, a woman in flight from a homeland that condemned her for daring to love, flees to London. There, she shields her sorrow from the indifference of her adopted city, and navigates a night-time world of shift-work and bedsits. Howard Pink is a self-made millionaire who has risen from Petticoat Lane to the mansions of Kensington on a tide of determination and bluster. Yet self-doubt still snaps at his heels and his life is shadowed by the terrible loss that has shaken him to his foundations. Carol Hetherington, recently widowed, is living the quiet life in Wandsworth with her cat and The Jeremy Kyle Show for company. As she tries to come to terms with the absence her husband has left on the other side of the bed, she frets over her daughter's prospects and wonders if she'll ever be happy again. Esme Reade is a young journalist learning to muck-rake and doorstep in pursuit of the elusive scoop, even as she longs to find some greater meaning and leave her imprint on the world. Four strangers, each inhabitants of the same city, where the gulf between those who have too much and those who will never have enough is impossibly vast. But when the glass that separates Howard's and Beatrice's worlds is shattered by an inexcusable act, they discover that the capital has connected them in ways they could never have imagined.
Publisher: London :, Bloomsbury Circus,, 2015
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781408854990
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 23 cm

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CMLReads_Robin Mar 31, 2016

If you like stories that focus on characters, this is the book for you. Set in contemporary London and following four people, their lives intertwine in the most interesting ways.

multcolib_karene Jan 07, 2016

Liked how the narration alternated between the four main characters and the various stories that are revealed were interesting. However, the ending was a bit too perfectly tidy.

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 25, 2015

Four people, leading completely disparate lives, and how those lives eventually intersect. Pretty good, but not one that I can't put down. For some reason none of the characters truly comes alive for me and so caring about them isn't happening for me. Also, I'm finding the plot a little predictable.

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