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When the widowed Framboise moves back to the village of Les Laveuses, where she grew up, she is pleased to discover that no-one recognises her. She soon forges a new life for herself there, and before long has established a profitable creperie.

All is going well, until her profiteering nephew realises that money can be made by publishing a collection of Framboise's increasingly popular recipes, left to her by her mother, a woman despised throughout the village. For the book to be a success, her true identity must be revealed, opening the flood gates to a past life and painful childhood memories.

©2001 Joanne Harris (P)2001 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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  • Gina
  • Elmhurst, Il, United States
  • 01-13-07

Poorly edited

Please remind me not to buy another abridged book. This one was shortened to the point that you lose all the suspense and characterization that I assume the author put in the original novel. If this book isn’t available as an audio book in the unabridged form, read it on paper.

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  • Janicew
  • Waverly, KY, USA
  • 10-22-09

Give this one a chance-you will be glad you did!!

Five Quarters of the Orange is a testimate to how life experience changes one's perspective. A young Franboise Dartigen and her mother, Maribell experience the classic love and hate relationship many mothers and daughters struggle with during their youth. Maribelle a seemingly callased and bitter woman is left to manage the family farm and raise her children after the death of her husband during during WW II. This novel dialetically reveals a story of young people using their own natural resources to survive in a less than ideal situation, secrets that lead to their family demise, and a daughter coming to understand her mother. Joanne Harris offers vivid imagary that captivates. Along with a vulnerability throughout this novel, Joanne Harris writes honestly about what was really goes on inside family homes. A slow read at first, make yourself push through the first thirty pages, you will be glad you did.

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Joanne Harris - Five Quarters of the Orange

Joanne Harris is an amazing story teller. Every part of this book was interesting and enjoyable, even the difficult parts. I love the way she weaves childhood memories and experiences into adulthood, and how something quite seemingly insignificant to a child later becomes a huge burden. Or how easily as children our survival techniques kick in and then become these secrets that we wish we could tell. Doesn’t that happen to us all? I can recommend this book and others by Joanne Harris enough. A definite must for anyone who loves stories.
Rula Lenska, with her wonderful voice draws us in and keeps us there, and adds a richness to the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-17

Joanne Harris never disappoints.

This is my first audio book. Thought it would be good for a car journey. It certainly was!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-28-16

Interesting background for a unique story. Pity so short

A creative & individualistic story line. Good to see the French Resistance era from a different angle & reflect how easily life could lead one into being seen as one of "the baddies". Love Rula Lenska's delivery - as always. It's just a shame the story is so short (3 hours).