The Secret War of Julia Child: A Novel

The Secret War of Julia Child: A Novel

by Diana R. Chambers
The Secret War of Julia Child: A Novel

The Secret War of Julia Child: A Novel

by Diana R. Chambers


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Before she mastered the art of French cooking in midlife, Julia Child found herself working in the secrets trade in Asia during World War II, a journey that will delight both historical fiction fans and lovers of America's most beloved chef, revealing how the war made her into the icon we know now.

Single, 6 foot 2, and thirty years old, Julia McWilliams took a job working for America's first espionage agency, years before cooking or Paris entered the picture. The Secret War of Julia Child traces Julia's transformation from ambitious Pasadena blue blood to Washington, DC file clerk, to head of General "Wild Bill" Donovan's secret File Registry as part of the Office of Strategic Services. 

The wartime journey takes her to South Asia's remote front lines of then-Ceylon, India, and China, where she finds purpose, adventure, self-knowledge – and love with mapmaker Paul Child. The spotlight has rarely shone on this fascinating period of time in the life of ("I'm not a spy") Julia Child, and this lyrical story allows us to explore the unlikely world of a woman in a World War II spy station who has no idea of the impact she'll eventually impart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781464219047
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/22/2024
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 128,619
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Diana R. Chambers was born with a book in one hand and a passport in the other. She studied Asian art history at university, worked at a Paris translation agency, then began an export business in India. She is an experienced scriptwriter and has followed her stories around the world. Diana lives in Northern California and Aix-en-Provence, France, with her fellow-traveler husband, artist daughter, and feral cat, Marco Polo. Her latest novel, The Secret War of Julia Child, inspired by Julia's OSS service in WWII Asia, will be published by Sourcebooks Landmark October 22, 2024.

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