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Five Quarters of the Orange
Five Quarters of the Orange
Author: Joanne Harris
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ISBN-13: 9780552998833
ISBN-10: 0552998834
Publication Date: 1/1/2002
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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adixon avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This was an OK read. I give it just an "OK" because I think I was more taken with her descriptions than with the story itself. Read the passage below to see what I mean. Great wording!

"I must have been born confrontational, but that summer I grew more so than I had ever been. My mother and I stalked each other like cats staking out their territory. Every touch was a spark that hissed static. Every word was a potential insult, every conversation a minefield."
kelly-bookworm avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 24 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Incredible - the story draws you deeply into the characters' lives; Told from the perspective of one woman, alternating between young child and older woman, Harris infuses every line with the emotion, fear, anger and confusion of a girl comming of age during a dangerous time.
jazzysmom avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 907 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I loved this book. Very satisfying story about mother and daughter, tragedy, revenge, suspicion, and love. As a review on book says, "better not read this on an empty stomach" "You will be treated to the tastes and smells of French food. Olive oil, fresh rosemary, ripe sheese, wild mushrooms and herb and apple sausages."
mwelday avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 148 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book...told from the point of view of Framboise, a woman who moves back to the village in France where she grew up during the German occupation...lots of intrigue as to what she, her siblings, and mother experienced...by the author of Chocolat...highly recommend it! -Mirah W.
RaccoonGirl avatar reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 97 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
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 inextricable 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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reviewed Five Quarters of the Orange on + 33 more book reviews
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 named after a raspberry liqueur, plies her culinary trade at the creperie - and lets her memory play strange games.

Into this world comes the threat of revelation as Framboise's nephew - a profiteering Parisian - attempts to exploit the growing success of the country recipes she has inherited from her mother, a woman remembered with contempt by the villagers of Les Laveuses. As the spilt blood of a tragic wartime childhood flows again, exposure beckons for Framboises, the widow with an invented past.


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