Five Quarters Of The Orange

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Transworld, Jul 20, 2010 - Fiction - 432 pages
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Beyond the main street of Les Laveuses runs the Loire, smooth and brown as a sunning snake - but hiding a deadly undertow beneath its moving surface. This is where Framboise, a secretive widow, plies her culinary trade at the crêperie - and lets her memory play strange games.

As her nephew attempts to exploit the growing success of the country recipes Framboise has inherited from her mother, a woman remembered with contempt by the villagers, memories of a disturbed childhood during the German Occupation flood back, and expose a past full of betrayal, blackmail and lies.

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User Review  - LauGal - LibraryThing

My first book by this author. I love her writing style! I don't normally read abt France or WWII but this book was exceptional!The story builds slowly with small hints of what may come.The last 40 pages were page turners,impossible to put down. Can't wait to read Coastliners! Read full review

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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

Framboise Dartigan is the proprietess of a small town café in France. She is now 60 years old and back on her family farm, using her mother’s recipes; the only thing left to her belonging to her ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Joanne Harris is one of our best-loved and most versatile novelists. She first appeared on the scene with the bestselling Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp), which turned into the sensuous Lansquenet trilogy (with Lollipop Shoes and Peaches for Monsieur le Curé). She has since written acclaimed novels in such diverse genres as fantasy based on Norse myth (Runemarks, Runelight, The Gospel of Loki), and the Malbry cycle of dark psychological thrillers (Gentlemen & Players, Blueeyedboy, and now Different Class).

Born in Barnsley, of an English father and a French mother, she spent fifteen years as a teacher before (somewhat reluctantly) becoming a full-time writer. In 2013, she was awarded an MBE. She lives in Yorkshire, plays bass in a band first formed when she was sixteen, works in a shed in her garden, spends far too much time online and occasionally dreams of faking her own death and going to live in Hawaii.

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