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Read along with us...Francophile book club

Written by Pam Plancon


Posted on September 21 2019


Now reading - Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland

We chose our next book for October! It is Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland. Looks like a great read! Remember conversation is in English - for women who like to read, love France (or French things) and like to chat about life, books and other interests. Meeting is Thursday, October 17th. Come and join us! Location TBD.


From Susan Vreeland, bestselling author of such acclaimed novels as Girl in Hyacinth Blue, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr. Tiffany, comes a richly imagined story of a woman’s awakening in the south of Vichy France—to the power of art, to the beauty of provincial life, and to love in the midst of war.

In 1937, young Lisette Roux and her husband, André, move from Paris to a village in Provence to care for André’s grandfather Pascal. Lisette regrets having to give up her dream of becoming a gallery apprentice and longs for the comforts and sophistication of Paris. But as she soon discovers, the hilltop town is rich with unexpected pleasures.

Pascal once worked in the nearby ochre mines and later became a pigment salesman and frame maker; while selling his pigments in Paris, he befriended Pissarro and Cézanne, some of whose paintings he received in trade for his frames. Pascal begins to tutor Lisette in both art and life, allowing her to see his small collection of paintings and the Provençal landscape itself in a new light. Inspired by Pascal’s advice to “Do the important things first,” Lisette begins a list of vows to herself (#4. Learn what makes a painting great). When war breaks out, André goes off to the front, but not before hiding Pascal’s paintings to keep them from the Nazis’ reach.

With German forces spreading across Europe, the sudden fall of Paris, and the rise of Vichy France, Lisette sets out to locate the paintings (#11. Find the paintings in my lifetime). Her search takes her through the stunning French countryside, where she befriends Marc and Bella Chagall, who are in hiding before their flight to America, and acquaints her with the land, her neighbors, and even herself in ways she never dreamed possible. Through joy and tragedy, occupation and liberation, small acts of kindness and great acts of courage, Lisette learns to forgive the past, to live robustly, and to love again.

About the book club:

We are a group of women from all around the world but all have roots here in NYC. Our discussions are in English and our books are always either a French author or about France. We've read novels, mysteries, non-fiction, memoirs - you name it we read it. If you have any great ideas for our book club to read please leave a message! 

If you would like to join us for our next meeting please send me a message below. We would love to have you join us.
Á bientôt



  • Are you accepting new members in your book club? I am a Francophile and resident of NYC and would love to join you at your next meeting. Thanks for your consideration, Diane

    Posted by Diane Iselin | May 03, 2020
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