In this lush, lyrical, and marvelously evocative novel, Catherine Texier takes a mystery from her family's past and draws from it a portrait of a remarkable woman-her great-grandmother Victorine. A young schoolteacher in a quiet province in France, Victorine had married and had two children. But when she falls desperately in love, she makes a startling choice, leaving her family for her lover and a new life in Indochina. On a single day in 1940, as Victorine reflects on her past, we travel back with her, from the willow-lined canals of her childhood home in VendEe to sun-drenched days and languorous nights along the Mekong River at the dawn of the twentieth century. Hers is an unforgettable story of adventure and self-discovery-of a woman's struggle between duty and independence, tradition and freedom, longing and regret.
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"As a child, Victorine meets a boy who returns each summer to the beach where her family vacations. As an adult, the man returns to her life, but she is married to another man and has two children. She leaves her responsibilities behind and travels to Indochina with her love--where her life takes on both pleasures and pressing guilt. This is where reader Josephine Bailey takes over and guides us through the Mekong Delta, Saigon, and the French colonization of that area before it became the battleground we remember. Bailey's French is impeccable, and her other accents and voices are also faultlessly spoken. She reads this story with such clarity that one can clearly understand the reasons the French wanted to control Vietnam. J.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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