*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: What is Matthieu doing up that olive tree? Why won’t Joséphine ever eat pizza again? Who stole the Indian prawn? And who rescued two hapless Americans at Armageddon Falls?
Travel to the Languedoc, feel the scorch of the sun on your shoulders, smell the dust and the lavender and the ripening grapes and follow the adventures of the Saturday Club and the regulars at l’Estaminet.
In this collection of 21 stories, Patricia Feinberg Stoner revisits the territory of her award-winning memoir, ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc’ with a whole host of new and familiar characters.
Tales from the Pays d’Oc comprises a series of short vignettes of life in a French village, where expats and locals mingle amicably (more or less!)
At first the anecdotes seem unconnected, but as the stories layer upon each other we become familiar with the characters and also the gentle rhythm of Mortignan life.
The characters are a delightful blend of idiosyncracies and eccentricities, making the majority of tales good-naturedly humourous, often with a small twist in the tale (or tail…pets feature here frequently too). We meet ‘Cheeky’ Kiki, the 60-year-old teenager; Simon the expert party delegator; and Visitor, stealing food and hearts alike; among many, many more memorable characters.
Despite the old-fashioned atmosphere of the rural life, the tales are set in contemporary times. This can have startling effect as references to broadband, Breaking Bad and Amazon punctuate the sepia-toned idyll.
I would definitely recommend this collection to anyone looking for a warm, easy read that leaves you feeling like you’ve been sipping beer on bench in the village square, as the sun warms your face and the world passes by.
Saturday, a hot and dusty market day in late August. In the Café de l’Ane the rag-tag band of expats and ne’er-do-wells who comprise the Saturday club are once again assembling for the weekly gossip-fest.
They bustle into their seats, disposing around and under their chairs their carrier bags of cherries and onions, their baskets laden with fromage de chèvre and saucisson, their clandestine and rather greasy paper bags concealing the Vietnamese delicacies they are strictly forbidden to consume in the café.
– Patricia Feinberg Stoner
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