To Capture What We Cannot Keep

To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Book - 2016
Average Rating:
3
Rate this:
"Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love. In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Emile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Emile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family's business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Emile must decide what their love is worth. Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Emile live--one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and Bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman's place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250071446
1250071445
Branch Call Number: Fiction Colin
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 25 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

abruzzo79 Mar 20, 2017

Fascinating tale of the construction of the Eiffel Tower and forbidden love.

martins_mom Feb 05, 2017

A great historical novel set in Paris in the 1880's, as well as a fine love story. I always enjoy reading about social mores from another time - and how sad living up to the expectations of others can make us.

m
marthabwaters
Nov 14, 2016

Historical fiction that is based on real people can sometimes be frustrating for me, as it at times feels like the author is reduced to simply listing the events in the real figures' lives rather than telling a proper story; however, this was good! It helped that I'd never heard of the people involved and knew next-to-nothing about the construction of the Eiffel Tower before reading this book. This is romantic and unhurried, and Paris is a character in and of itself (as it should be). I read this a couple of months ago, pre-release, and I can't say it's stuck in my mind as a particularly memorable read, but it's still an enjoyable one.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at PCPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top