A Gar­den Wall in Provence

Car­rie Jane Knowles

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Owl Canyon Press Soft­cover $24.95 (142pp) 978-0-9911211-7-5

A Gar­den Wall in Provence is a pleas­ing romp through the coun­try­side of France, com­plete with quirky neigh­bors and crois­sants.

Car­rie Jane Knowles’s A Gar­den Wall in Provence is an ut­terly charm­ing novella about moth­ers and daughters, about be­ing neigh­borly, and about the power and im­por­tance of fresh bread.

Madame Rey­naud, a widow, lives in Avi­gnon, France, with her daugh­ter, Monique, who is about to cel­e­brate her thir­ti­eth birth­day. Monique was in­jured by the fierce mis­tral winds as a child, which re­sulted in her walk­ing with a pro­nounced limp.

The over­pro­tec­tive Madame Rey­naud has ac­tively dis­cour­aged Monique from moving out on her own or get­ting a job. As Madame Rey­naud plans Monique’s birth­day party, she also nav­i­gates through the diplo­macy of buy­ing bread. There are un­spo­ken rules about where to shop for bread—it is con­sid­ered bad form to walk into one bak­ery hold­ing a bag that clearly in­di­cates you shopped at another bak­ery that day. Throw

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