Paradise City

Paradise City

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A novel that seeks to answer big questions—of love and death, ambition and failure, responsibility and guilt—with a rich cast of characters from every strata of society.

Four disparate characters find themselves linked together in Paradise City. Howard Pink is a wildly successful businessman still struggling to cope fifteen years after his nineteen-year-old daughter disappeared. Beatrice Kizza fled persecution from Uganda where homosexuality is illegal. She now works as a maid at a hotel Howard frequents. Esme Reade, an ambitious staff reporter on a Sunday tabloid, is desperate to get the Howard Pink interview for which all London reporters froth at the mouths. Carol Hetherington, a widow who has time to keep an eye on her neighbors’ actions, makes an astonishing discovery.

Paradise City explores what a city means to those who come seeking their fortune or a better life. It is also a story of absence and loss, of how we shape ourselves around the spaces that people leave behind.

Title:Paradise City
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781408855003
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    Paradise City Reviews

  • Elyse  Walters

    I really enjoyed this book - I kept turning those pages- addictive reading! It's all about the characters!!! There are 'stories' about each of these characters ....it's not a one-plot-driven-novel. It...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    This is a hard review to write. I want to do justice to this superbly written, highly character driven novel. This is one of the best books that I’ve read this year. I was drawn to it by reviews pos...

  • Nat K

    As the saying goes, there are six degrees of separation between us all. This theme is made a reality in this book, which cleverly interweaves the lives of four complete strangers. Each chapter is told...

  • lark benobi

    An entertaining 2-star read if you don't think about it too much. The characters are fairly well drawn, if a little stock. Many of the scenes are deftly drawn. The whole thing comes together like an I...

  • Adrienne

    4.5 I agree with one reviewer "a wise big hearted novel". Delightful reading.The story of 4 people. Separate and with great personal stories. Two who eventually connect. But with a very sad story of t...

  • Bandit

    Random selection based primarily in the appealing cover an intriguing description turned out to be one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read in ages. There is something so, so right about Da...

  • Liz Willard

    Whenever I read a book told by multiple characters whose lives intersect in some way, the anticipation in HOW they will intersect is part of what I enjoy most. This book tells 4 different stories with...

  • Stephen Goldenberg

    As is obvious from the title, this is a very positive and optimistic picture of London. Usually, I prefer such novels to be a touch more dystopian but, by the end of this very readable novel, I found ...

  • Gail M

    Liked it, however, without spoiling, the author's choice of resolution for one character side-stepped an awful lot of ethical/moral questions, and the explanations offered hardly satisfied....

  • Barbara

    PARADISE CITY is an interesting novel in that it tells the tale of four characters that have nothing in common with one another. It’s almost like the author Elizabeth Day had an ending and worked ba...