WHISPERING IN FRENCH: A Novel
ISBN-13: 978-0062471789 ISBN-10: 0062471783
Booklist/American Library Association ~ *starred review*
"With Whispering in French, Nash cracks the code for for women's fiction by delivering a superbly written novel rich in unforgettable characters, a beautifully evoked setting, and graceful writing enlivened by equal measures of wry wit and poignant emotion. Put this together with the snippets of plot narrated by an English hedgehog, which provides just the right measure of Gallic whimsy and gentle charm, and you have a literary tour de force."
Sophia Nash's first contemporary fiction novel vividly evokes both its idyllic French setting and the universal themes of self-forgiveness and rebuilding in a story as touching as it is wise.
Home is the last place Kate expected to find herself…
As a child, Kate Hamilton was packed off each summer to her grandfather’s ivy-covered villa in southern France. That ancestral home, named Madeleine Marie, is now crumbling, and it falls to Kate—regarded as the most responsible and practical member of her family—to return to the rugged, beautiful seaside Basque region to confront her grandfather and convince him to sell. But Kate’s own life is in as much disarray as Madeleine Marie. Her marriage has ended, and she’s convinced she has failed her teenaged daughter, Lily, in unforgiveable ways. While delving into colorful family history and the consequences of
her own choices, Kate reluctantly agrees to provide professional counseling to Major Edward Soames, a British military officer suffering from post-traumatic stress. Breaking through his shell, and dealing with idiosyncratic locals intent on viewing her as an Americanized outsider, will give Kate new insight into who—and where—she wants to be. The answers will prove as surprising as the secrets that reside in the centuries-old villa. Yet it’s the enigmatic animals, living on the property’s grounds, who possess the wisdom of the ages.