Five Quarters of the Orange
by Joanne Harris
Black Swan, 2002, ISBN 9780552998834, paperback
Near Fine Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, uncreased spine (see photographs)
“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 women remembered with contempt by the villagers of Les Laveuses. As the silt blood of a tragic wartime childhood flows again, exposure beckons for Framboise, the widow with an invented past.”