Catherine James has a brain tumor. To the surprise, and sometimes disgust, of others, she has accepted her fate, but there is still something lurking that will not let her mind rest. 

A widowed mother, Catherine has just returned to her expatriate painter’s life in Paris. Unbidden flashbacks appear, allowing her to piece together the fragments of her life: solitary adventures, falling in love, the undulations of family relationships, the entrapment on the Naples military base. She tries to tell herself she had not secretly wished for the tragedy in the dangerous, snowy Alps. 

Copyright 2014 by Kathleen Clare Waller

Palette et Papier Publishing

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"This well crafted first novel follows the terminally ill Catherine as she returns to Paris to live. She belongs here “where she has always uncannily experienced comfort with displacement and acceptance with foreignness.” She has really come home to reflect on her life and re-experience Paris with all her senses. Engaging characters along with great settings make this a wonderful, thoughtful book."

"Proustian in her message while avoiding any sense of pretentiousness in her prose. More please, Waller!"

 "I loved reading The White Night. It was such a good reminder that every little moment counts. My own life slowed down as I was in the street of Paris with Catherine. The descriptions are vivid, and the book takes you on a journey of emotions as it asks you to consider and question your own actions in the face of adversity."

"This book was an enjoyable read through an intimate, sensitive journey. The author's writing style is descriptively fresh and inviting with a touch of the Renaissance....incorporating art, music, and good food and wine. A difficult story to tell, but told so well."

"Kathleen Clare Waller is truly a modern wordsmith. If a reader fears death, this is the book that must be read. It will offer you a new and refreshing perspective. Although it is her first novel, she is destined to produce more, and I will bet they will be even more exciting and enlightening than The White Night."