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In her bestselling and critically acclaimed novel Chocolat, Joanne Harris told a lush story of the conflicts between pleasure and repression. Now she delivers her most complex and sophisticated work yet, an unforgettable tale of mothers and daughters, of the past and the present, of resisting and succumbing — an extraordinary work of fiction lined with darkness and fierce joy.

When Framboise Simon returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire, the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the infamous woman they hold responsible for a tragedy during the German occupation years ago. But the past and present are inextricably entwined, particularly in a scrapbook of recipes and memories that Framboise has inherited from her mother. And soon Framboise will realize that the journal also contains the key to the tragedy that indelibly marked that summer of her ninth year...

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"Unexpectedly sweet and powerful." New York Times Book Review

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"[Harris's] prose reads like poetry, and it is a physical experience to fall into her imagery." Philadelphia Inquirer

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"The craftsmanship and emotional power of this novel...place Ms. Harris in the forefront of women writers." Richmond Times-Dispatch

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"Tragedy, revenge, suspicion and love are the ingredients for [Harris's] latest offering. Readers will love it." Library Journal (starred review)

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"This intense work brims with sensuality and sensitivity....Beautiful." Publishers Weekly

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From the author of Chocolat comes an "unexpectedly sweet and powerful" (New York Times) novel of a widow in her sixties returning to the French town she left as a child, and the clues to long-kept secrets she finds in her mother's recipe scrapbook.

About the Author

Joanne Harris is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Blackberry Wine and Chocolat, which was nominated for the Whitbread Award, one of Britain's most prestigious literary prizes. Half French and half British, Harris lives in England.

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Gypsi, June 6, 2010 (view all comments by Gypsi)
Framboise returns to the village of her youth as an old woman, unrecognizable because of her age and using a different first name along with her married name. None of the villagers connect her, a 65 year old widow, respectable though peculiar, with the skinny kid that was run out of the village with her mother and two siblings some fifty years prior. She's Mirabelle Dartigen's daughter. . . if they only knew.

In her return "home" Boise must face the past and sort out what happened to her enigmatic mother. The album, with it's clippings and cryptic writing, leads her to discoveries about her mother that shock her and change her whole view of who her mother was.

At the same time, Boise relives her own life, especially that pivotal summer. This, side by side with her discoveries from the album, form a full picture of what did happen, answer some of her questions and give the reader a story told in patchwork that, when fit together, makes a lovely quilt of story.

The story is told in the first person, going back and forth from Boise's childhood to her current struggle with first the village and then her relatives. It transitions smoothly, the story is firm and real--and like the oranges that play such a crucial role, the scent of the story lingers for some time after the reading.

The main plot was a well-used one, and as such disappointed me a bit. Harris managed to make up for that, though, with her style which kept me intrigued even during the most obvious bits. Over all the novel was a good one and I look forward to reading more by Harris.
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Fidelio, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Fidelio)
Best literary fiction of the Noughts
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060958022
Author:
Harris, Joanne
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Restaurants
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Widows
Subject:
Restaurateurs
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Loire River Valley
Subject:
Women cooks
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
107-210
Publication Date:
20020604
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.00x5.34x.78 in. .60 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060958022 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Unexpectedly sweet and powerful."
"Review" by , "[Harris's] prose reads like poetry, and it is a physical experience to fall into her imagery."
"Review" by , "The craftsmanship and emotional power of this novel...place Ms. Harris in the forefront of women writers."
"Review" by , "Tragedy, revenge, suspicion and love are the ingredients for [Harris's] latest offering. Readers will love it."
"Review" by , "This intense work brims with sensuality and sensitivity....Beautiful."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of Chocolat comes an "unexpectedly sweet and powerful" (New York Times) novel of a widow in her sixties returning to the French town she left as a child, and the clues to long-kept secrets she finds in her mother's recipe scrapbook.
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