Kerri Maher

Kerri Maher

The Paris Bookseller


A dramatic story of a humble bookseller fighting incredible odds to bring one of the most important books of the 20th century to the world.

Young American Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company on a quiet street in Paris in 1919. The store is more than a bookstore and lending library: Many of the prominent writers of the Lost Generation, like Ernest Hemingway, consider it a second home. Important literary friendships of the twentieth century are forged―none more so than the one between Irish writer James Joyce and Sylvia herself. When Joyce’s controversial novel Ulysses is banned, Sylvia takes a massive risk and publishes the book.


But the success and notoriety of publishing this important and influential book comes with steep costs. The future of her beloved store itself is threatened when Ulysses’ success brings other publishers to woo Joyce away. As she faces painful personal and financial crises, Sylvia―a woman who has made it her mission to honor the life-changing impact of books―must decide what Shakespeare and Company truly means to her.

“A love letter to books, bookstores, and booklovers everywhere.”
—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author