Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

Five Quarters of the Orange

Joanne Harris

Wartime secrets emerge 50 years later, as a French woman in late middle age reflects on her childhood during the occupation. Harris is a superb storyteller with a gift for lush evocative description and sharp characterisation. This is a quiet but gripping book, full of surprises and warmly recommended to all readers.


For a moment I stared at him, unable to move. My face was rigid. Too late I remebered Cassis' stories about the cruely of the Germans. He was watching still; I wondered what the Germans did with thieves. Then he winked at me.

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