Five Quarters of the Orange - P.S. Author:Joanne Harris 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 inh... more »erited 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 ...« less
Wow!! This book did not turn out the way I thought it would. A small girl lives in a french town during WWII. It goes back and forth between then and now. She tells the story through the use of food, and describes each moment with such reality that I could see and feel it all. I could not put it down!!
This book really captures a sense of "place" (small village in the French countryside during Nazi occupation) with wonderful, detailed descriptions. The characters are unique (very French, I'll leave it at that) and the story is fascinating and surprising. Oh, and the food sounds fabulous and really contributes to the emotion of the story.
I enjoyed the story and found myself interested in the characters. I felt a little disappointed by the ending. I guess I wanted more payback for the antagonists. I admit, that wasn't really the way of the book.