Victorine

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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In 1899, Victorine Texier abandons her small French village, her husband, and her two young children to follow her lover to Indochina. She has fallen for Antoine, her childhood sweetheart, and when his work sends him to Asia she is compelled to go with him, and to leave everything she knows behind. Their five weeks together onboard the ship to Indochina are a kind of honeymoon, a prelude to their liberation in a sultry new world of frangipani trees and monsoons. Victorine gives herself over completely to this exhilarating new life of colonial extravagance — that is, until she encounters her youngest sister, who has also been living in Hanoi and Saigon. This reunion, both joyous and tense, reminds Victorine all too painfully of her life and family in France and forces her to confront exactly what she has done. Vividly narrated through a series of flashbacks, Victorine is a richly textured and passionate story of rebellion, guilt, and unruly love.


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User Review  - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing

This is another book that gets a half of a star only as a placeholder -- shouldn't even get that much in my opinion. This book sounded great from its description (apparently inspired by the author's ... Read full review

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My rating is an average. I would give the first 9/10 of the book 4 stars and the last 1/10 zero stars. Victorine, married with two children, leaves an unhappy marriage and escapes to Indochina with ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
7
Section 4
11
Section 5
19
Section 6
22
Section 7
53
Section 8
55
Section 17
195
Section 18
206
Section 19
208
Section 20
229
Section 21
231
Section 22
243
Section 23
245
Section 24
248

Section 9
77
Section 10
81
Section 11
105
Section 12
107
Section 13
147
Section 14
152
Section 15
172
Section 16
175
Section 25
265
Section 26
271
Section 27
273
Section 28
304
Section 29
307
Section 30
317
Section 31
320
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About the author (2007)

Catherine Texier is the author of three previous novels, Chloé l’Atlantique, Love Me Tender, and Panic Blood, and a memoir, Breakup. She was the coeditor of the literary magazine Between C & D, is a regular contributor to the New York Times, and has written for Newsday, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Nerve.com. Texier lives in New York City.


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