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For Paris~With Love & Squalor - A debut novel by M. J. Moore

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J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is one of America’s most translated, taught, reprinted, and beloved books—having sold some 65 million copies. For Paris ~ With Love & Squalor, a debut novel by M. J. Moore, is a passionate tribute to Salinger’s legacy. Narrated by a dying, 92-year-old paraplegic in 2015 who lovingly remembers a soldier named Jerry, this novel concocts Salinger’s years as a Second World War G.I.— and the life of one woman who adored him.

M. J. Moore is a biographer and book reviewer. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review ~Daily, Neworld Review, the International New York Times, and Literary Hub.  

“In For Paris~ with Love & Squalor we share not only the narrator’s memories, but also her passion for literature, for music, and for film; plus her insightful zest for life that leads to a love affair with one of the great authors of the 20th century. A smart and poignant journey through a life well-lived . . . at once lighthearted and bittersweet.”

- Kenneth Slawenski, author of J. D. Salinger: A Life

“The plucky heroine of this inventive novel may be paralyzed and dying, but her vibrant mind is a treasury of her generation’s politics and culture...”

- HILMA WOLITZER, author of An Available Man

“M. J. Moore proves that not all compelling, worthwhile stories about WWII have yet been told or imagined...I wish my father were alive to read it.”  - ERICA HELLER, author of Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life Was a Catch-22

For Paris ~ with Love & Squalor by M. J. Moore. Heliotrope Books. Fiction. May 23, 2017. 240 pages / $16.50 paper; $6.99 eBook. 978-1-942762-23-2