While Paris Slept

February 23, 2021
While Paris Slept

A family's love is tested when heroes-turned-criminalsare forced to make the hardest decisions of their lives in thisunforgettably moving story of love, resistance, and the lastingconsequences of the Second World War.After. Santa Cruz, California, 1953.Jean-Luc and Charlotte Beauchamps have left their war-torn memoriesof Paris behind to live a quiet life in America with their son,Sam. They have a house in the suburbs, they've learned to speakEnglish, and they have regular get-togethers with their outgoingAmerican neighbors. Every minute in California erases a minute oftheir lives before—before the Germans invaded their French homelandand incited years of violence, hunger, and fear. But their taste ofthe American Dream shatters when officers from the U.N. Commissionon War Crimes pull-up outside their home and bring Jean-Luc in forquestioning.Before. Paris, France, 1944. Germanyhas occupied France for four years. Jean-Luc works at the railwaystation at Bobigny, where thousands of Jews travel each day to be"resettled" in Germany. But Jean-Luc and other railway employeescan't ignore the rumors or what they see on the tracks: too manypeople are packed into the cars, and bodies are sometimes left tobe disposed of after a train departs. Jean-Luc's unease turns intofull-blown panic when a young woman with bright green eyes burstsfrom the train one day alongside hundreds of screaming, terrifiedpassengers, and pushes a warm, squirming bundle into his arms.Told from alternating perspectives, While Paris Sleptreflects on the power of love, loss, and the choices a mother willmake to ensure the survival of her child. At once a visceralportrait of family ties and a meditation on nurture's influenceover identity, this heartbreaking debut will irreversibly take holdof your heart.