The Paper Palace (Reese's Book Club) - Miranda Cowley Heller

The Paper Palace (Reese's Book Club)

By Miranda Cowley Heller

  • Release Date: 2021-07-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 3,612 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 August 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.


  • The writing…

    By fivestarsue
    It is a beautifully written and told story. I am shocked that this is her first novel, because it reads like someone who has many published books. I hope she is working on her next one, as she is a writer to watch. Excellent!
  • Okay

    By annmarie123-
    Nice story but nothing particularly enthralling.
  • Perfect couldn’t/ wouldn’t want to improve it

    By Half moon cutout
    Nothing I can say except wonderful … simply wonderful
  • Lo disfruté pero…

    By aledepucci
    Me gustó y lo disfruté mucho, pero el final parece como que ya le faltaba tiempo a la autora y necesitaba entregar el libro aún sin terminar… es de esos libros que te preguntas ¿en serio me contó todo eso para después dejarme sin más?
  • A very interesting story

    By MoMoneyRiUp
    Well written and hard to put down. Just a story about a woman’s life… who she loves and who she hates.
  • Ah maze balls

    By 821jAm
    Just kept wanting more. So complicated, heart breaking, yet so much love.
  • Well written but…

    By Lady Sparhawk
    This is a very well written book that drags us through a very disturbed series of relationships across years and years of misery. Every relationship described in this book whether between adults and adults or children and adults or children and children is very disturbed. Well, there are two exceptions but they are not central characters. I admit I couldn’t stop reading it but I didn’t like the people, well with the exception of Peter. I didn’t like the people. It’s a book full of mistakes and painful returns to mistakes and it just isn’t my kind of book.
  • Fantastic Writing

    By 964231
    Took me a bit to get into it, but once I did…. Great writing, great characters and loved the ending that left us all wondering.
  • Misleading

    By Timan345
    I think a negative review is more appropriate for this smut! Written child pornography and grooming is what this sample shows what is inside this book.
  • Interesting read.

    By thekathynevejans
    I felt the book lacked finality. I enjoyed the book, however, I was left wanting more out of the ending. It was as though the author said “Alright, that’s enough. Leave the rest to the reader”