Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 - Francine Prose

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

By Francine Prose

  • Release Date: 2014-04-22
  • Genre: Literary
4 Score: 4 (From 44 Ratings)


A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.

Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal denizens, including the rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol; and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.

As the years pass, their fortunes—and the world itself—evolve. Lou falls desperately in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with startlingly vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis—sparked by tumultuous events—that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more.


  • Writing 101

    By howie. sf
    Ms. Prose writes with a passion and love for what she is pursuing, which is a terrific story with obvious intelligence in writing and storytelling. Read and enjoy. Howie, a frustraTED WRITER and fan Santa Fe, NM
  • Good read

    By Par putt
    Good read
  • Lovers at the Chameleon Club Paris 1932

    By Prose Prose
    Really overrated -- a fun book the kind you read on a plane. The Nazi Lesbian protagonist is a great character but the plot twists show franly a lack of imagination on the part of Ms. Prose.