Tariq is a Moroccan teenager determined to escape his family and see Paris, where he knows his mother once lived. Hannah is an American researcher who has returned to Paris to research the lives and voices of women who lived during the Occupation. They become roommates through a series of unlikely events, and the novel is told in their voices and through their eyes in alternating chapters. Tariq experiences Paris in the present, but known only to the reader, he also experiences the Paris of the past through encounters with people who lived during the time Hannah is researching. Hannah’s research takes her down some surprising paths. And she is able to let go of a lost love, and find a new one. Well written and absorbing.