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A French Affair: A British Family At Home In Southwestern France Hardcover – June, 1993


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From Publishers Weekly

This is a pleasant account of a British family's experiences as longtime residents of Cahors, a town in southwestern France. Crime novelist Kenyon ( Kill the Butler! ), his wife and three daughters progressed from being summer visitors to year-round renters and, finally, home-owners. He eschews the standard tale of charming experiences with quaint foreign electricians and plumbers for a more interesting chronicle of his clan's gradual integration into village life. The three girls lead the way; their language facility and adjustment to the rigors of French schooling set an example for their parents, who gradually become more fluent, make friends, participate in truffle hunts and grape gathering and, of course, savor the wonderful country food and wines of France. Kenyon evokes with quiet humor the ambience of the village, the characters of his neighbors and friends, the challenges and satisfactions of happily adapting to another culture.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Kenyon, author of many crime novels and also a frequent contributor to Gourmet magazine, has tried to merge a pastiche of these articles into a coherent whole. The Kenyons--husband, wife, and three young daughters--moved to Cahors, France, after viewing on British television a documentary program about the Lot region of France. There they stayed, more or less, for several years until the children grew up and the parents divorced. Kenyon skims the surface of life in Cahors. We meet various characters and read about some fun times, but something is lacking. The book reads like an outline for a Britcom. Definitely not in the same class as Peter Mayle's books on Provence, this book is for libraries whose patrons can't get enough of this sort of thing.
- Paula M. Zieselman, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Press (June 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312092954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312092955
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,801,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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