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Publisher Comments:

Joanne Harris writes fiction that engages every one of the senses: reviewers called Chocolat "delectable" and Five Quarters of the Orange "sweet and powerful." In her new novel, she takes readers to a tiny French island where you can almost taste the salt on your lips.

The island, called Le Devin, is shaped somewhat like a sleeping woman. At her head is the village of Les Salants, while the more prosperous village of La Houssinière lies at her feet. You could walk between the towns in an hour, but they could not feel further apart, for between them lie years of animosity.

The townspeople of Les Salants say that if you kiss the feet of their patron saint and spit three times, something you've lost will come back to you. And so Madeleine, who grew up on the island, returns after an absence of ten years spent in Paris. She is haunted by this place, and has never been able to feel at home anywhere else.

But when she arrives, she will find that her father — who once built fishing boats that fueled the town's livelihood — has become even more silent than ever, withdrawing almost completely into an interior world. And his decline seems reflected in the town itself, for when the only beach in Les Salants washed away, all tourism drifted back to La Houssinière.

Madeleine herself has been adrift for a long time, yet almost against her will she soon finds herself united with the village's other lost souls is a struggle for survival and salvation.

About the Author

Joanne Harris is the author of the critically acclaimed novels BlackberryWine 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060198121
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Harris, Joanne
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
France
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Fishing villages
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
vol. 4, no. 2
Publication Date:
20020903
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.17 in 22.32 oz

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Romance » Contemporary
Fiction and Poetry » Romance » General

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