Goodreads Monday: The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

Goodreads Monday is a really simple weekly meme, hosted by new host Budget Tales Book Blog, where you choose a book at random from your Goodreads TBR and explain why you want to read it.

It’s been such a while since I’ve participated in Goodreads Monday but I’m excited to highlight the only paperback novel I have purchased this year – The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller.

The Blurb:

It is a perfect July morning, and Elle, a fifty-year-old happily married mother of three, awakens at “The Paper Palace”—the family summer place which she has visited every summer of her life. But this morning is different: last night Elle and her oldest friend Jonas crept out the back door into the darkness and had sex with each other for the first time, all while their spouses chatted away inside.

Now, over the next twenty-four hours, Elle will have to decide between the life she has made with her genuinely beloved husband, Peter, and the life she always imagined she would have had with her childhood love, Jonas, if a tragic event hadn’t forever changed the course of their lives.

As Heller colors in the experiences that have led Elle to this day, we arrive at her ultimate decision with all its complexity. Tender yet devastating, The Paper Palace considers the tensions between desire and dignity, the legacies of abuse, and the crimes and misdemeanours of families.

Why do I want to read it?

I’m so intrigued by this novel just from the blurb and can’t wait to settle onto the couch with a coffee and some leftover Easter chocolates to read it. It doesn’t hurt that it is a Goodreads Choice Award Nominee and was a Reece’s Book Club book and will fit more than one prompt on my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge for this year.

Have you read The Paper Palace? Or is it on your Goodreads TBR?

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