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Five Quarters of the Orange
by Joanne Harris

Published: 2002-06-01
Paperback : 320 pages
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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 ...

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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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by krilljack (see profile) 07/04/20

 
  "Five Quarters of the Orange, Joanne Harris"by thewanderingjew (see profile) 10/13/13

Throughout the story, my opinion of several characters wavered back and forth between positive and negative emotions. Often, the characters seemed so manipulative, so immature, so cruel and ... (read more)

 
  "Fascinating character study within a story of the German occupation of a village in France during WWII. Richly embellished with local color, observations of wartime behaviors, and rural French cuisin"by cyber02 (see profile) 02/29/08

Vivid style of writing let me feel that I was watching the story unfold.

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