Dreaming In French Leesteffy Jenkins

Dreaming In French Leesteffy Jenkins

by leesteffy jenkins

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Even as a child, Lena was prone to knowing things others did not. Or rather, she knew things others would know later, but she knew them before they happened. Events would unfold in her mind with the clarity of a movie on a screen—even as she tried to hold the images away. When she was young, a murder, a lie, an accident—but as she got older she gained access to more private moments: the morbid thoughts of a friend, her husband’s treachery, her lover masturbating to a picture of her six thousand miles away.

Lena believes her father abandoned her at birth—a story told by her American mother to save her acting career. But as a young child Lena roamed the blue hills of their small French village hand in hand with a father who adored her and with whom she lived alone. Thirty years later, all memories of her father have vanished. When a haunting extra-marital love affair triggers her recollection of her French childhood, Lena discovers the images that flit through her mind are more than dreams or figments of imagination. She is repeating the circumstances of her father’s life. Can she untie the complex secrets of her past? Or will her father’s mistakes result in her too coming undone?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148699439
Publisher: leesteffy jenkins
Publication date: 10/20/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 361
File size: 698 KB

About the Author

Leesteffy Jenkins has an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University. A former international lawyer, she has traveled to more than 50 countries. She lives part time in France in a 500 year old stone home in a medieval village and owns and operates Violette Bakers, a gluten free european-style bakery in Cambridge, MA. She has published numerous short stories in literary journals. This is her first novel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the concept of Dreaming in French. Lena, a highly intuitive and complex woman, struggles with memories of her childhood in France. When she connects with a certain person in the present, these memories become more vivid and reveal a shocking past. There's her French father, her actress mother, and herself as a confused child, but how does it all come together? Lyrical prose brings out the captivating story line. Jenkins is a seasoned writer, and it shows in beautiful writing, such as: "The name reverberates through Lena like something old, like a shout called down a tunnel, like the image in Lena's mind of a wine bottle spinning round..." I highly recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys a timeless romance story with mystery and deep meaning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago