Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Last Squeeze is the Sweetest

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

This is the story of Framboise - no, not a bottle of raspberry liqueur (thank heavens), but rather a woman by that name from a farm on the river Loire in the French village of Les Laveuses. This is partially the story of Framboise's troubled childhood with her brother (named Casis), sister (Reine-Claude) and especially her unwell and widowed mother (who was, of course, an amazing cook) during WWII and Nazi occupied France. It is also the story of her no less troubling old age - accounted from the time she returns to the village in her 'retirement', in order to open a creperie. She tries to avoid painfully dredging up her past by using a different name. However, mysteries and provincial villages never mix. This is especially true when a curious stranger serves delicious food (despite her not seeming terribly strange). They are bound to sniff out her secrets and inhale them deeply, much as the pungent release of the scent from an orange that has just had a thumb pressed into is juicy flesh.

"Five Quarters of the Orange" by Joanne Harris is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo (eReader formats), as an iBook or Audiobook from iTunes, in print from The Book Depository (free worldwide shipping), new or used from Alibris or from an IndieBound store near you. This is a revised version of my review that appears on Curious Book Fans and Dooyoo (under my username TheChocolateLady) and previously appeared on {the now defunct} Yahoo! Contributor Network.

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