The Feasting Season

The Feasting Season

A Novel

Book - 2007
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Meg Parker, an American travel-book writer, lives in the Lorraine countryside with her two small children and a neglectful husband. Domestic life is beginning to take its toll until Meg is offered her dream assignment: to write a guidebook about French history. Unfortunately, there is a catch. Jean-Jacques, a scruffy and imperious photographer, has been assigned to the project. As the dueling pair visits each region in search of the past, what they find is the colorful, food-filled present--the festive bullfights in the Camargue, the sacred gypsy pilgrimage at Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the pictographs and lightning storms of Mount Bégo. And over the course of mouthwatering meals--of lamb daube, paella and rosé, bull steak and anchioade, Brebis and strawberries--their antagonistic collaboration turns into a fiery love affair.

Meg's notions about history--about what we preserve and how we accept the new--evolve, and in the end, she must reconcile her two lives and decide what to hold on to, and what to let go.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565125193
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 370 p. : map ; 22 cm


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Jun 05, 2012

Women who, like me, love France and French history and language will probably enjoy this book. If you've dreamed of being able to live in France for years on end, of being able to travel and spend time in all the places in France you visited, or didn't get to visit, the first time around, you can enjoy this book. Women who've been in the position of loving one man and being married to and having children with another will identify with Meg. If you're bilingual, and if you have a fascination with sociology, these will add layers of enjoyment for you, but it's not necessary. If you're familiar with Shakespeare's plays, and also with British personality types, that will enhance your understanding of the story too, but you don't have to be.
I loved it; I read it and immediately read it again. I wish I could have told Nancy Coons how much I loved it, but as I have only just learned, she died the same month The Feasting Season was published. What became of Meg, Jean-Jacques, Nigel, Kate, Cloey, and Gerald will have to be resolved in our imaginations. Nancy Coons' death seems tragic and pointless; she was talented and had so much to offer the world. I don't understand why people like her so often die young, and too many, as Nigel might have called them, "smarmy gits", seem to live forever. RIP, Nancy

Feb 09, 2011

Truly a feast for the senses and beautifully written.


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