Francine Prose's latest novel, "Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932," is set around a cast of unique characters to tell "a complex story about the malleability of truth when everybody is a collaborator," writes Annalisa Quinn for NPR.
Inside these smoky pages you'll find an oasis of ribald humor, sexual transgression and military intrigue. Our host, Yvonne, is a Hungarian singer with a pet lizard and a weakness for sailors. Play nice and she'll let you mingle with one of Europe's most famous photographers or a cross-dressing Nazi collaborator or the wife (ha!) of a luxury automaker. And look — sitting behind those naked men painted silver, isn't that some scandalous American writer talking to a dancing girl with suspiciously broad shoulders? (Don't ask, don't tell.)
The New York Times called it "a novel of great reach and power, a portrait of an entire era."
Prose joins The Daily Circuit to talk about her novel.
Prose will speak at Talk of the Stacks May 12 at the Minneapolis Central Library.