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Five Quarters Of The Orange Paperback – 1 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552998834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552998833
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Her strongest writing yet: as tangy and sometimes bitter as Chocolat was smooth" (Independent)

"Outstanding ... beautifully written" (Daily Mail)

"Joanne Harris a naturally sensuous writer, but her latest book has a dark core...Her descriptive and narrative talents are put to a profounder use...This gripping tale is bound to be made into a film. It's as vivid a journey through human cruelty and kindness as I've read this year" (Daily Telegraph)

"Harris indulges her love of rich and mouthwatering descriptive passages, appealing to the senses ... Thoroughly enjoyable" (Observer)

"Just as she did in Chocolat, Harris indulges her love of rich and mouth-watering descriptive passages, appealing to the senses with seductively foreign names, and evoking the textures and smells of food. These descriptions are suffused with a child's wide-eyed wonder that lends the story a magical quality, almost like a folk tale or a children's story. Even having the Occupation as a backdrop, Harris sets out to tell a story that proves, like her previous books, to be thoroughly enjoyable..." (Guardian)

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The magical new novel from the author of the Number One be 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 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 woman remembered with contempt by the villagers of Les Laveuses. As the spilt blood of a tragic wartime childhood flows again, exposure beckons for Framboise, the widow with an invented past. Joanne Harris has looked behind the drawn shutters of occupied France to illuminate the pain, delight and loss of a life changed for ever by the uncertainties and betrayals of war.

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