Book Review | The Paper Palace

Happy Wednesday!

I feel like I’ve been up since the crack of dawn, roughly 6 am. I did my workout, went out for a coffee and grocery pickup, and now have pulla dough rising because I’ve been craving pulla. Tis the season for all the baking. I love it.

I finished up this book yesterday called The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller. I don’t want to give it all away, so I’ll just highlight a few things.

Overall, I enjoyed it! It’s got that new style that I’ve been seeing a lot more of recently, where it switches between present and past. The first time I read a book like that I didn’t like it. But now after a few of them, I’ve discovered it keeps the brain working and keeps the reader engaged. Maybe that’s the ploy they use if there’s not much action to keep you on your toes!

The main point of the story is the main character being in love with her childhood best friend. She’s grown and married, with children, him just married, but her heart is still with him. And his with hers. Essentially they loved eachother, but didn’t feel they could be together. Then they gave in to their feelings, a little too late, or is it? The book opens with that and then reviews the history of the main character starting when she was an infant. It’s a doozy!

It resonated with me a bit because the setting of the present day story is at a cabin, The Paper Palace, that’s been in the family since the main character was a baby. I have the exact same type cabin and feelings toward it as she, so it felt familiar. While reading, I was envisioning my family’s cabin and it fit in perfectly.

There are a few parts in there that will make you feel sick to your stomach. Not gory or anything like that, but humans doing unspeakable things. It’ll make you cringe. I did. Thankfully they’re short lived. But even those were almost too much. I’d skip over the details when I’d see it coming.

The ending isn’t 100% clear, I believe the author wants the reader to piece it together.

The Paper Palace has love, trauma, heartbreak, comedy, and digs into the human psyche to bring to light those never ending what if’s. You’ll find yourself wondering, what would you do?


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