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In a novel of love, adventure and self-discovery, Catherine Texier takes a mystery from her family's past and draws from it an unforgettable portrait of a remarkable woman - her great-grandmother, Victorine. A young school teacher in the Vendee in the 1980's, Victorine is married with two young children. However, when she falls desperately in love with a customs officer and she abandons her family for her lover and a new life in Indochina. On a single day in 1940, as Victorine reflects on her past, we travel back with her to that extrodinary period of her life. It is a remarkable story which explores a woman's personal conflict between duty and independence, tradition and freedom. This is a lush, lyrical and evocative novel, taking the reader from the willow-lined canals of the Vendee to the sun-drenched days and languorous nights along the Mekong River at the dawn of the twentieth century.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 240g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141017082
  • 9780141017082

About Catherine Texier

Catherine Texier was born and raised in France and now lives in New York City. She is the author of three novels and a memoir. She was co-editor of a literary magazine and a regular contributer to 'The New York Times' and has written for several other leading magazines. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award and of two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships. Her work has been translated into ten languages.
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164 ratings
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4 26% (42)
3 43% (70)
2 18% (30)
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