|About the Book|
Growing up in a small American town with minimal activity, Lily Cowry always craved to escape and explore. Her unwavering dream had been simple enough: to see all she could see, no matter what the cost. Now, in her early twenties, Lily has traveledMoreGrowing up in a small American town with minimal activity, Lily Cowry always craved to escape and explore. Her unwavering dream had been simple enough: to see all she could see, no matter what the cost. Now, in her early twenties, Lily has traveled just about everywhere. She has been to The Great Wall in China, Big Ben in London, Alhambra Palace in Spain, the cliffs of Ireland, and now, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Paris is a city known for its beauty- the blooming flowers, the restaurants, the Louvre, and the Seine River are just some of the staples Lily pencils into her itinerary for her two week stint overseas. The first day in Paris passes by like a dream: the people are pleasant, the sun is shining, and her hotel has a picturesque view of the city. Lily feels that nothing could be better, but it does not take long for her seemingly perfect trip to start to fall short of her expectations.Always marching to the beat of her own drum and possessing a different set of priorities, a cloud of isolation has followed Lily, and over the years, it has only gotten worse. In all of her jet-setting, one thing has remained the same time and time again: Lily has always traveled alone. This fact hits her full force during her time in Paris, and it becomes an inescapable and painful realization. Lily, the black sheep of her family and out of touch with her few friends back home, begins to question why she ever left in the first place for such a life of uncertainty and instability. She sacrificed comfort for adventure, and now the weight of that decision weighs heavily on her. While she has seen the world and what it has to offer, a thought begins to haunt her: in seeing the big things, she has missed the little things, and all the while not even having anyone to share it with.Lily’s journey becomes altered in her growing seclusion and restlessness. She becomes a homesick tourist seeking to settle down and find a place to belong. More simply, she is seeking an end to a long, personal journey. She begins to understand that new and foreign places are perpetually romanticized- they are an escape from the normal and the natural, the redundant and the ordinary, and she has used traveling as a diversion from her own life with the mentality that the grass is always greener on the other side. Lily has seen the glamorous countries everyone talks about, but is now unable to hide behind the beautiful distractions of these overseas havens.Now in Paris, the City of Romance, will Lily learn to finally find happiness? Will she find someone to share her excursions with that truly understands her? Will she realize that life is messy and complicated no matter who you are or, rather, where you are? Lily must come to terms with the fact that it is easy to forget about the simple, small things, and they cannot be replaced with a beautiful landscape, or even the Eiffel Tower.