The Paper Palace - Miranda Cowley Heller

The Paper Palace

By Miranda Cowley Heller

  • Release Date: 2021-07-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 697 Ratings)





“Filled with secrets, love, lies and a summer beach house. What more could you ask?”—Parade

“A deeply emotional love story…the unraveling of secrets, lies and a very complex love triangle.” Reese Witherspoon (Reese’s Book Club July ’21 Pick)

"Nail-biting." —Town & Country

“A magnificent page-turner.” —Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author

“[An] irresistible placement of a complicated family in a bewitching place.” The New York Times

A story of summer, secrets, love, and lies: in the course of a singular day on Cape Cod, one woman must make a life-changing decision that has been brewing for decades.

“This house, this place, knows all my secrets.”

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 misdemeanors of families.


  • Disappointing

    By sometimeiwish
    Absolutely labored throughout this reading to a disappointing end.
  • Well written

    By julie callie
    I really like how the author describes minutia of every day life. The characters came to life under her careful craft, and I enjoyed being out of glimpse into another way of life. I didn’t fully understand some of the main characters conflict or the depth of her love affair, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book I found love affair to be a little
  • Great…and then, Not

    By HeartHenry
    If I was reading this book in the traditional manner, not online, it would be across the room on the floor after reading the last paragraph. I was hoping for a better ending. I enjoyed the beginning, but the author’s love of description became too much; the plot and characters became lost in minute detail. My opinion. Too many characters to care about without enough development of each of them. Too many things left unanswered. It felt as if the point of the book was to focus on creating a visual image for the reader of the surroundings; eventually I became bored and began skipping lines, looking for activity.
  • Fascinating

    By JMSting
    A total page turner. I couldn’t put it down. However I was disappointed by the ending but worth the read.
  • The Paper Palace

    By Bucmelin
    The book does what all good books do; take you to a place as real & engrossing as life. Excellent first novel, I look forward to the next one.
  • Add to your favorites!

    By coachbolin
    This book reminds me of a Pat Conroy (who is one of my favorite authors) novel but without the “southern-ness”. It’s got wit, love, sex, cancer, secrets, tragedy, assault, perversion, food and alcohol. I couldn’t put it down.
  • Love this book!

    By Julis S
    Sweet, heart wrenching tale that’s beautifully written. I couldn’t put this book down!
  • Good story, bad ending.

    By Chelgirl30
    Enjoyed the story and the lead character. Was really interested in her life and this is definitely a page turner. However the ending was horrible. I’m really not even sure what happened. The description of the book says she has to make a choice. The ending doesn’t make it clear what choice she made. Dissatisfied and disappointed.
  • One of the best books , I ve readd

    By Alice anne 22
    Thank you Reese
  • Trigger warning

    By Anonymous205
    I couldn’t get past the sample because of the assault that happens. Save yourselves!