- Publisher: Infinity Publishing (PA) (August 22, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1495810844
- ISBN-13: 978-1495810848
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,649,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review:
It's an unusual device indeed to center a women's fiction piece on a single food (quiche), but An Enlightening Quiche demonstrates how rich the results can be when a quiche recipe joins with other elements to capture the senses, smells, and events of acertain fall-winter in Rhode Island.
Now, one normally expects that mention of a food-garnished women's book will make for light, breezy beach reading; but An Enlightening Quiche is anything but vapid, offering hard-hitting insights and reflections from its very first chapter:"Lindsay and I scraped, stacked, and carried the leavings from the dining room into the kitchen, reminiscing and reflecting upon morsels of life scattered by a quiche. Unbridled passions are at best self-serving and tend to spawn turmoil, upheaval, and devastation to those we hold dear. This painful realization forces one to rein in the spirit, modify ambitions, curb appetites, stifle forbidden desires, and abandon wildness albeit reluctantly at first."
Women who seek easy reads might find this book's revealing philosophical and psychological examination more demanding than anticipated; but the pleasure of An Enlightening Quiche lies in its very complexity, which offers more than a light dose of food reflections linked to insights on lives well-lived.
As Augusta moves through her world digesting changed family interactions, new truths and revelations, and food focuses, readers closely follow her path and some of its heart-won insights: "... and as time went on, even if I wanted to display what I felt in my heart for you, I didn't know how to reach you. I not only blew the one chance God gave me to be a mother, but selfishly never shared any memories about the woman who gave birth to you. I hope you can forgive me."
Emotionally charged with events that lead Augusta to evolve and change, An Enlightening Quiche follows the winding process of a life that stretches beyond familiar boundaries to reach for the sun, with a host of powerful female supporting acts driving a story line that closely examines love, motivations, broken promises, paternal rights, and more.
Joel R. Dennstedt, Reviewer - Readers' Favorite:
'An Enlightening Quiche' by Eva Pasco is, to shamelessly promote a theme, superbly rich and delicious. One cannot know if such writing comes naturally to the author, or if she suffers from the agony of meticulousness required to produce such an exquisite work. The end result harkens to the classics for its resemblance to such deeply thoughtful plotting, characterization, and the gorgeous prose used in its exposition. With a fully contemporary use of wickedly biting cynicism - if bloodlessly cold - and terribly subtle sarcasm - keep your reading wits about you - the intelligence embedded in Pasco's narrative is deeply satisfying. Although it is a sacrilege to attempt summarizing this book's plot concisely, Augusta and Lindsay - two separate voices, two women in their forties - reveal a lifetime tale about friendship and family betrayal in and outside of a small Canuck-dominated town located in northern Rhode Island. Which does the actual, intricately complex plot no justice whatsoever. Suffice it to say, I am not capable of rendering it due justice. But then, neither is Ms. Pasco in her own introductory blurb.
As a stylistic practice in relating the story behind 'An Enlightening Quiche,' Eva Pasco accomplishes a most difficult task for a writer, and she accomplishes it to perfection: not only using alternating voices, but having each voice alternate between the present and a remembered expository past. The effect of such stylistic mastery is to create - breaking from the culinary theme - a sensationally intricate and complex tapestry as pleasing to the reader's mind as such artwork is to expert eyes. And though this work has been labeled simplistically as "contemporary women's fiction," make no mistake: this is a psychological, literary novel, and a wonderful, highly challenging, masterpiece of writing.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team: 5-Star Badge
Eva Pasco's An Enlightening Quiche centers around the rivalry of two very different women as they compete against one another to make the perfect quiche. Augusta is promiscuous and emotionally damaged, turning heads and raising eyebrows wherever she goes. Lindsay, on the other hand, is a prim and proper historian tasked with rescuing a local mill from certain demise. Despite the premise of a simple bake-off, both women get far more than they bargained for. A delicious quiche becomes the catalyst for profound epiphanies, insightful prose, and a most welcome enlightenment.
An Enlightening Quiche is far more intricate than it may seem to be; while a book based around baking a quiche may not sound like a page-turner, this book is so much more than that. Both main characters were complex and engaging, with detailed backstories and overwhelmingly believable narratives. To put it simply, they felt almost real. The plot itself was incredibly intriguing, littered with witty quips and fascinating social commentary. Although a bit too wordy at times, it was enjoyable from the first page to the last.
Eva Pasco crafted a real gem in An Enlightening Quiche. Her style of writing is uniquely fresh,while still maintaining a level of intelligence that is beyond impressive.Pasco hit the nail on the head with a winning combination of love, loss, friendship, humor, and a profoundly deep introspection that will surprise any reader. Just as Augusta and Lindsay did, An Enlightening Quiche's readers will get far more than they bargained for in this novel.
Reviewed by Roy Murry (Murry Reviews and Interviews)
Augusta and Lindsay come from two different worlds. Augusta born and bred in Beauchemin, a small Rhode Island town, and Lindsay, a historian, who resides in Boston, Massachusetts, cross paths because of Beauchemin's French Canadian historical past.
They tell their stories in alternating chapters in somewhat of a soliloquy style with discourses and bantering monologs about past lovers, friends, family, and the people of Beauchemin's. Augusta is an administrator in the town's main factory. Lindsay changes residence hired to investigate into the historical value of it.
Their storytelling was somewhat lengthy at times but entertaining and insightful into the town's array of characters whom Augusta knew personally, a few biblically. Lindsay, in her research, finds a new home from the chaotic Boston lifestyle. Both stories converge on Augusta's childhood friend Estelle's prominent family that owns the factory and a young child's life-changing tragedy.
The bedroom tales, a disaster in a child's life, a Quiche Contest, and Estelle and Augusta's hidden past, Ms. Pasco details with comedy, drama, and enlightenment into the past of relocated hard working Canucks. Her writing is intelligent and easy to digest after getting into the rhythm of her sometimes-elongated sentences.
This Quiche was humanizing from a woman's point of view.
From the Author
My second novel is written in my preferred genre of Contemporary Women's Fiction for its potential to unfold realistic plots while exploring the gamut of inner conflicts: convention vs. rebellion; fate vs. free will; loyalty vs.betrayal; unbridled love vs. sacrifice; death--inevitable or tragic?
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The author classifies this as a Contemporary Women's novel but being un homme who values the pleasures of quiche I will say, keep up the energy and you may well enjoy its sweet treats regardless of sex. Remember, An Enlightened Quiche does not a soufflé make -- it's a story that has heavy ingredients of realism among the various and interesting characters of this small town.
So, according to your taste, AEQ can be a fun read while being enlightening about the human condition at the same time.
Wickedly sharp, bitingly sarcastic, Eva Pasco creates an unforgettable novel about life in a small town. Charming Beauchemins, Rhode Island is stuck in a time warp. The same families have lived there for years. Secrets lurk in the shadows, and Pasco slowly reveals them with cleverly written prose. Addicting as the delicious quiche she describes, Pasco's writing is a treat to be savored and enjoyed. I will be back for a second helping.
Lindsay Metcalf is invited to the town in the hopes she will be able to write an article that will make certain the local mill will forever be spared a date with a wrecking ball. She is just coming to terms with the death of her mother and has given a marriage ultimatum to her boyfriend. Time is fleeting, she now realizes and she wants to adopt a child before it is too late.
Augusta Bergeron is a lifetime resident of the small town. She is about the same age as Lindsay and is also hearing the clock tick. Augusta is the town vixen. She was raised by her Aunt and Uncle when her mother abandoned her to them. She has pieced together her idea of who her mother was from small snippets of rumors. The only true fact she has is that her mother left on a Harley. No longer believing the fantasy heroine ideal she created in school for her mom, she has decided the woman was "loose" and she is following in her footsteps.
The story is related by both of these characters so we receive a well rounded view of what is happening in this small town. The work to save the mill is tied in importance with the annual Quiche bake-off. Augusta, having just obtained her mother's recipe has decided to join the event and give her best friend a run for her money!
Secrets, strange bedfellows, rumors, and romance all combine to give us a book that will remain in your mind for a long time.
I really loved the characters. Flawed and believable, the charcters were wonderful. The women were strong, independent, and, at times, snarky. The friendships and relationships in An Enlightening Quiche were both beautiful and refreshingly realistic.
While a quiche bake-off is a headline in the novel, the pages are filled with secrets, mysteries, and gossip under the facade of a simple and steady small-town life. The strength, bonds, and sincerity of the women will have you both laughing and crying throughout the pages. This is an excellent story and you should definitely add Eva Pasco's An Enlightening Quiche to your reading list!
I should add, there's an amazing bonus in the epilogue: the quiche recipe! How great is that? I thought this was a wonderful touch by Eva
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