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LOVE, FOOD & FRANCE: A Delicious Historical Literary Series

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  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Do you love to eat, talk and read all things about France?  Then this tasty literary series is for you!

Together with Words Worth Books, our NEW literary series explores three historical novels with one common theme – France.  Participants will meet once a month to discuss, eat, explore themes and share their thoughts on the chosen literary selection all while eating a French-inspired meal.  Discussion will be lead by Nicole Duquette from Words Worth Books, and instructed meal prepared by Donna-Marie Pye from Relish Cooking Studio.  Price includes books, instructed meals and guided discussion.  All events take place at Relish Cooking Studio.   

  DATES:  September 12, October 10 & November 7

September 12 | The Paris Wife by Paula McIain

No twentieth-century American writer has captured the popular imagination as much as Ernest Hemingway. This novel tells his story from a unique point of view – that of his first wife, Hadley. Through her eyes and voice, we experience Paris of the Lost Generation and meet fascinating characters such as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Gerald and Sara Murphy. The city and its inhabitants provide a vivid backdrop to this engrossing and wrenching story of love and betrayal that is made all the more poignant knowing that, in the end, Hemingway would write of his first wife, “I wish I had died before I loved anyone but her.”

October 10 | The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick

Los Angeles, 1934. Mary Frances is young, restlessly married, and returning from her first sojourn in France. She is hungry, and not just for food: she wants Tim, her husband Al’s charming friend, who encourages her writing and seems to understand her better than anyone. After a night’s transgression, it’s only a matter of time before Mary Frances claims what she truly desires, plunging all three of them into a tangled triangle of affection that will have far-reaching effects on their families, their careers, and their lives.

Set in California, France, and the Swiss Alps, The Arrangement is a sparkling, sensual novel that explores the complexities of a marriage and the many different ways in which we love. Writing at the top of her game, Ashley Warlick gives us a completely mesmerizing story about a woman well ahead of her time, who would go on to become the legendary food writer M. F. K. Fisher.

November 7 |The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of World War II and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.  A heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.