These Di­vid­ing Walls

Fran Cooper, Hachette, $35

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Tol­er­ance hangs by a ten­u­ous thread in this de­but novel set in a Paris few tourists ex­pe­ri­ence. The vastly mis­matched oc­cu­pants of an apart­ment build­ing live par­al­lel lives: A ha­rassed mother, a re­dun­dant banker, a young Mus­lim cou­ple among them. When ri­ots break out in the city, the res­i­dents’ se­crets be­gin to un­ravel.

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