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A young American artist finds herself in a remote country hamlet in Brittany in the early 1960s and discovers a world she never knew existed. Footloose, adventurous, and in her late twenties, Marjorie Price (Midge) abandons the comfort of her Chicago suburb and travels alone to France to paint. Once in Paris, she is dazzled by everything French and falls in love with an exciting French painter named Yves. They marry, have a daughter, and buy half of a run- down hamlet in Brittany to spend summers away from Paris, be close to nature, and paint. There, she enters a world where people’s lives and farming methods haven’t changed since the Middle Ages. As her seemingly idyllic marriage begins to unravel, she turns to an elderly, illiterate peasant woman, Jeanne Montrelay, who lives in the nearest farm house across the road. Jeanne has three cows to her name and has never left the village. She is sixty- eight; Midge is twenty- eight. Outwardly they have nothing in common. Yet they forge a friendship that leaps across boundaries of age, language, and culture, and enrich each other’s lives. A Gift from Brittany celebrates the transforming power of friendship and takes the reader into the heart of an ancient village—a world that has disappeared— and brings it to life again.
ABOUT MARJORIE PRICE
Marjorie Price has been a painter all her life. She was born in Chicago, graduated from Stanford University in speech and drama, and studied painting at the San Francisco Art League and the Chicago Art Institute. In 1960 she left for France, where she created an art center and dedicated herself to painting. In 1970 she moved to Italy with her daughter, Danielle, and settled in Rome. She exhibited her work in galleries, and her graphics are represented in the permanent collection at the National Museum of Copper Etching in Rome. Returning to the United States in the late 1970s, she worked in television and as a graphic designer, and has written several children’s books. She currently lives in New York City and continues to paint and show her work in galleries. A Gift from Brittany is her first work of nonfiction.
Posted March 17, 2012
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