Noon in Paris, Eight in Chicago

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Chicago, 1947: on a freezing February night, France’s feminist icon Simone de Beauvoir calls up radical resident novelist Nelson Algren, asking him to show her around. After a whirlwind tour of dive bars, cabarets and the police lockup, the pair return to his apartment on Wabansia Avenue. Here, a passion is sparked that will last for the next two decades.

Their relationship intensifies during intoxicating months spent together in Paris and Chicago. But in between are long, anguished periods apart filled with competing desires – lovers old and new, writing, politics, gambling – which ultimately expose the fragility of their unconventional ‘marriage’ and put their devotion to the test.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherMyriad Editions
Number of pages320
ISBN (Electronic)9780956792679
ISBN (Print)9780956559975
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2016


  • nelson algren
  • simone de beauvoir
  • fiction
  • chicago
  • Paris

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