A CRUEL CALM, Paris Between the Wars

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1920s & '30s

Patricia Daly-Lipe

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A CRUEL CALM, Paris Between the Wars visits an era of idealism and innovation on all levels when Paris was the cultural capital of the Western World. Politics, religion, social mores and a special time in history (1927-1939) determine the fate of a young Catholic socialite from Washington, DC as she tries to find out if it is only after great sorrow that love can come again.


Historical Fiction,

Short Summary

A CRUEL CALM, Paris Between the Wars includes Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Joseph Campbell and Hemingway, Great War, omens of a new war. What was love like in the era before annulments, reliable contraceptives and acceptance of homosexuality?



Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Libby

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Naive, Modest, Gracious, Beautiful, Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Philippe

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Educated, Engaging, Empathetic, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Heartthrob, Sexy, Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Michael

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Pamela

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Educated, Empathetic, Engaging, Outspoken, Confident

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: RockIt Press

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available