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Five Quarters of the Orange
by Joanne Harris

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0060958022

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Carolyn Howard-Johnson


Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of “This is the Place” and “Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered”

Taken with the color, scent, taste and delicious sounding French names of food, Joanne Harris uses them as her inspiration for the tastiest of novels. Having said that, I worry that readers might be mislead by the title and all the hoop-la over the food in this novel and in Joanne Harris’s previous book called “Chocolat."

This book is a fine period piece set in France during the German occupation. It is about history. It is about man’s inhumanity to man. It is about pleasurable innocence and its bitter loss. It is about how people sometimes let who they think they are rule their lives and their hearts.

This may easily be one the most satisfying and unsettling releases of the year.

(Carolyn Howard-Johnson is a contributor to "Cooking by the Book,” compiled by 24 authors from around the world, featuring dishes that inspired scenes in their books. A FREE copy of this cookbook is available at She is the author of the soon-to-be-released “Harkening” also a bitter-sweet book about a quirky and lovable family.)



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