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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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.About the Author:
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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Descrizione libro Penguin Books Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0141017082
Descrizione libro Penguin Books Ltd, 2005. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 141017082