The Paper Palace - Miranda Cowley Heller

The Paper Palace

By Miranda Cowley Heller

  • Release Date: 2021-07-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,593 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.


  • Best book of 2021

    By Jamigirl57
    Sad I’m finished.
  • Good read

    By kcin88
    A roller coaster of emotions from start to finish.
  • This book needed trigger warnings.

    By 🌽Jess
    I liked it & finished it but there was definitely pieces I wasn’t expecting from description. Descriptive book. Loved the back and fourth from childhood to adulthood. Glad I read but not what I was expecting.
  • A page turner

    By Croninsa
    Loved the style of writing - kept me hanging on through every page.
  • Didn’t want it to end!

    By lauren loves layne
    Didn’t want it to end!
  • ...

    By megzthegreat
    Oh man! I love hated this book. I was surprised that I could following along considering how jumpy the story line was for the majority of time. I liked that though. I had to re read the first few pages again to fully understand what she choose(in my opinion) It was really an interesting layout. I wouldnrecommend it!
  • The paper palace

    By Missysweetshop
    Loved the story. Great read.
  • Superb

    By Z222K
    Extraordinarily well written. Deep character development. Page turning story.
  • Absolutely beautifully breathtaking

    By Whitmben
    I loved this book with every fiber of my being. The detailed descriptions, the back and forth of time. I waited for days until forcing myself to finish it because I never wanted it to end.
  • No point

    By Idon't have one
    Pointless, long and drawn out skipped through the over detailed descriptions of swamp life. Save your money