Five Quarters of the Orange

Five Quarters of the Orange - Joanne Harris Framboise Dartigan is the proprietess of a small town café in France. She is now 60 years old and back on her family farm, using her mother’s recipes; the only thing left to her belonging to her mother, to cook for the café and make preserves to sell. While reading through the recipe book/journal she recalls her life as a child during World War II.

Although the subject matter was difficult at times, Ms. Harris brought occupied France to life by describing it through the eyes of a child. Despite the ugliness of war the book has its share of whimsy, romance and comedy, as does life, not matter how hard the times. The writing was beautiful and such a pleasure to read.