The Banality of Panic



The Two Hotel FrancfortsThe Two Hotel Francforts
by David Leavitt
Bloomsbury. 272 pages, $25


THIS SEDUCTIVE NOVEL follows two couples in 1940 Lisbon as they await an ocean liner for America that will enable them to escape Nazi-occupied Europe with war closing in. As they kill time by exploring the city and having leisurely discussions in their favorite cafés, relationships are formed, secrets are revealed, and calamities are sown.

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