Dysfunctional. Deceptive. Demure. More than meets the eye at face value, Augusta Bergeron, stuck in a holding pattern, engages in morally destructive behavior she attributes to maternal abandonment. In for a rude awakening upon eggs-huming her mother’s quiche recipe, she unravels its significance and forsakes erroneous assumptions. Enlightened, Augusta feels compelled to redress all the havoc she’s wrought in the aftermath of a tragedy. Augusta: Tarry with us unpretentious French-Canadians from northern Rhode Island called Canucks, eh? Tried-and-true friendships tested. Quest for Mr. Right. Impoverished mill. Unleashed secrets. Enriched by geographic entities, historic references, and regional culture—Blackstone Valley beckons.
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Fragrance aficionado. Cat lover. Car enthusiast. Somewhere along cruising the byways of An Enlightening Quiche, life’s hairpin turns detoured Eva’s journey to completion by a margin of eight years. Slow and steady wins the race! A native Rhode Islander, Eva Pasco infuses realism by weaving vivid depictions of local history, geographic entities, and cultural idiosyncrasies throughout plausible plotlines. Ms. Pasco had the distinct honor of participating in an interview for Time after the publication of her debut novel, Underlying Notes.
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An Enlightening Quiche: A Novel based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco Friendships, romance, rumors, secrets and rivalry perfectly come together in the mill town of Beauchemins. This book is extremely well written with a local Rhode Island flavor. Mix in a quiche-baking contest and you have the recipe for a highly entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and give it 5 stars!!!
Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco is, to shamelessly promote a theme, superbly rich and delicious. One cannot know if such writing comes naturally to the author, or if she suffers from the agony of meticulousness required to produce such an exquisite work. The end result hearkens to the classics for its resemblance to such deeply thoughtful plotting, characterization, and the gorgeous prose used in its exposition. With a fully contemporary use of wickedly biting cynicism - if bloodlessly cold - and terribly subtle sarcasm, keep your reading wits about you; the intelligence embedded in Pasco’s narrative is deeply satisfying. Although it is a sacrilege to attempt summarizing this book’s plot concisely, Augusta and Lindsay - two separate voices, two women in their forties - reveal a lifetime tale about friendship and family betrayal in and outside of a small Canuck-dominated town located in northern Rhode Island, which does the actual, intricately complex plot no justice whatsoever. Suffice it to say, I am not capable of rendering it due justice. But then, neither is Ms. Pasco in her own introductory blurb. As a stylistic practice in relating the story behind An Enlightening Quiche, Eva Pasco accomplishes a most difficult task for a writer, and she accomplishes it to perfection: not only using alternating voices, but having each voice alternate between the present and a remembered, expository past. The effect of such stylistic mastery is to create – breaking from the culinary theme – a sensationally intricate and complex tapestry as pleasing to the reader’s mind as such artwork is to expert eyes. And though this work has been labeled simplistically as “contemporary women’s fiction,” make no mistake: this is a psychological, literary novel, and a wonderful, highly challenging masterpiece of writing.
This book took me a little time to get pulled into the story. I think it was because of the unique writing style. Instead of the recent adaptation of least amount of words to convey a thought – this author expands and enriches each sentence with adorning words to decorate the thought. However, once I just let my mind go and enjoy the wording and phrases I was pulled in and pleased with the story. The consistent presence of Quiche runs throughout the book and I believe accentuates the story parts. Just like all fine quiches have base ingredients that remain stable but the other ingredients that change the entire taste of each quiche, the story has the base of families but the variety of each and their dealings makes each one different. My advice would be to savor this book slowly to enjoy all the flavors.
I know what classic literature is. I can’t say I read a lot of it, but that’s not for lack of understanding. I simply get distracted by the Janet Evanovichs and J.R. Wards of the world. Not to say the authors I read don’t write incredible books – I LOVE them. And if I have a choice between “War & Peace” and the latest Black Dagger Brotherhood book, well. I think you get the picture. When I picked up “An Enlightening Quiche,” I knew right away I was in for a challenge. There were no vampires. Not a single one. And there were big words that only a true wordsmith would dare to pen. Oh, but the story within! Once I accepted the fact that this was no ordinary book, I buckled down and prepared myself for a true literary experience. Pasco has taken Contemporary Women’s Fiction into a whole new stratosphere, lifting it up to a standard that mere mortals dare not seek. Her characters are deep and troubled, and yet relatable in that they are just like the rest of us. Looking for answers. Looking for love. And when the worst happens, they rise above, just as we hope we would do in similar situations. I can’t help but draw comparisons to J.K. Rowling’s “Casual Vacancy,” arguably, one of the best books I have ever read. (It didn’t have vampires in it either. Or wizards, for that matter. Just saying.) It’s a book that so many people dismissed, because they didn’t have the patience to read through the setup. Similarly, in “An Enlightening Quiche,” the setup is EVERYTHING, because once things start to happen – and believe me, Things Happen! – you will be thumbing through the beginning, looking for that reference, that hidden gem of a clue, that seemed unimportant at the time, but turns out to be oh, so vital! Up past 1:00 am as the book neared its end, I have to say, I was awed. If you haven’t read “An Enlightening Quiche” yet, do yourself a favor. Pick up a copy. It is classic literature at its finest. Oh - and pass me “War & Peace,” why don’t ya?
An Enlightening Quiche by Eva Pasco What an incredible story from start to finish. The way Pasco weaves the story around a winning heirloom quiche recipe is nothing short of spectacular. I loved everything about this novel from the characters, to the world, she made everything believable. There is not one moment in this story where I questioned what was happening or who these characters were. Well done, Eva Pasco. The story follows the lives of two women in their forties who have been rivals since their youth. A third women's outside perspective of the two. We are privy to the mysteries of their youth as the story unfolds, all the while they struggle to figure out where things went wrong and how to fix them. All secrets from the past are swirled together making the women live, regret and learn, before ultimately forgiving, loving and moving forward with their lives.