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Meet Patricia Sands at our Francophile Book Club Meeting!

Written by Pam Plancon


Posted on April 11 2024

During our April 2024 Francophile Bookclub - meet author Patricia Sands as we talk about her novel Drawing Lessons. There is still time to grab your copy and join us for a chat about her book. A little about the book:

Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back home in Toronto, she has been living with the devastating diagnosis of her husband’s dementia and the heartbreak of watching the man she has loved for decades slip away before her eyes. What does her future hold without Ben? Before her is a blank canvas.
Encouraged by her family to take some time for herself, she has traveled to Arles to set up her easel in the same fields of poppies and sunflowers that inspired Van Gogh. Gradually, she rediscovers the inner artist she abandoned long ago. Drawing strength from the warm companionship and gentle wisdom of her fellow artists at the retreat―as well as the vitality of guest lecturer Jacques de Villeneuve, an artist and a cowboy―Arianna searches her heart for permission to embrace the life in front of her and, like the sunflowers, once again face the light.


Our Francophile book club meets every third Wednesday of the month and we read all the books - about France, by French authors, set in Paris, Provence and in between. We read mysteries, novels, biographies, historical fiction, etc. Send me a message or leave a note below and I can share with you the Zoom details. We meet about one hour each month and we would love to have you join us Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30pm ET US.



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