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Liam Callanan

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Liam is the author of The Cloud Atlas (Delacorte, 2004; Dial, 2005), All Saints (Delacorte, 2007; Dial, 2008), Listen (Four Way, 2015) and the upcoming Paris by the Book (Dutton, 2018). He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing. He has regularly contributed to local and national public radio, and is possibly the only person now living (but consult your own Venn diagram) who has written for all of the following: the Wall Street Journal (on zeppelins, jetpacks, and touring Paris and Greece with children's books), The Awl, Medium, Commonweal, Esquire.com (on swimming and flying), Slate, the New York Times Book Revie ...more

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Paris by the Book

3.17 avg rating — 3,652 ratings — published 2018 — 17 editions
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The Cloud Atlas

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All Saints

3.11 avg rating — 270 ratings — published 2007
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Listen  Other Stories

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Tuesday Paris Reading Recs blog now at liamcallanan.com

Good morning, Goodreaders: this is just a quick update to let you know that my weekly Paris reading recs have now moved over to my website, liamcallanan.com, where you can find them on this page. I also tweet about them with the hashtag, #parisbythebook. Thanks for reading. Read more of this blog post »
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Clancy's second novel is as smart and sharp and keenly-observant as her first, and that's saying a lot, because SECOND HOME (which you should also read) is an incredible book. This novel is a coming-of-age story, but as much one woman's coming of age ...more
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What a beautiful book this is! It will be just out in time for beach reading season, so get ready to get your own copy sandy, but buy a second for safekeeping at home. It's that good. An intricate plot, great writing, and most of all, an engrossing p ...more
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“We're all ghosts. We all carry, inside us, people who came before us.”
Liam Callanan, The Cloud Atlas

“Every town, every book, is a way to say, look, there’s a new way, a different way. Every book in a bookstore is a fresh beginning. Every book is the next iteration of a very old story. Every bookstore, therefore, is like a safe‑ deposit box for civilization.”
Liam Callanan, Paris by the Book

“I didn't think, then, that we could ever be closer. I'm not sure anyone can. I'm not sure there is a place closer to someone than being at their side, awake, while they're asleep.”
Liam Callanan, The Cloud Atlas

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