Compelling and provocative, a fiction that delights and challenges, a book you simply can't put down. -- Larissa Taylor, professor of history, Colby College
YES & NO is elegantly written, playful and deeply serious, full of youthful passion and mature wisdom: a beautiful book. -- Deborah Weisgall, author of A JOYFUL NOISE
From the Publisher
Recipe for a Young Womans Coming of Age:
Open to Paris, 1969, one year after the French student uprising. Drop American graduate student Naomi Weiss into a broth of medieval history and contemporary political turmoil. Flavor with a slice of the twelfth-century love affair between philosopher Pierre Abélard and his pupil Héloïse. Tie a hidden manuscript, dated 1137, into a bundle with a failed librarian who begs Naomi to transcribe his treasure, and an eminent professor who traded Jews to the Nazis for valuable books. Throw the bundle into the broth with a mysterious woman who cant remember her own story. Sprinkle with two French feminists who dream of starting a farm for women. Turn up the heat and cook for one semester.