Joanne Harris has a wonderful narrative gift.
This is the story of Framboise and is told alternately between her at age 9 and her as a 64 year old women who has gone back home, finally after many years of not being able to. She harbours a dark secret that happened in the fall when she was 9 years old and as secrets often do, it has shaped her entire life in silence and hardness. This is the story of the secret now unravelling and of Framboise trying to stop the truth from being learned.
A beautiful rich read set in France during the German occupation just after the start of World War II.
One of my best reads of this year.
This book is now placed on my all time favorites bookshelf. The writing is rich and dark and Ms. Harris knows how to keep the mystery going. This is a superb first person narrative.