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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Texier Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this lush, lyrical, and marvelously evocative novel, Catherine Texier takes a mystery from her family’s past and draws from it a portrait of a remarkable woman, her great-grandmother Victorine. A young schoolteacher in a quiet province in France, Victorine had married and had two children. But when she falls desperately in love, she makes a startling choice, leaving her family for her lover and a new life in Indochina.

On a single day in 1940, as Victorine reflects on her past, we travel back with her, from the willow-lined canals of her childhood home in Vendée to sun-drenched days and languorous nights along the Mekong River at the dawn of the twentieth century. Hers is an unforgettable story of adventure and self-discovery, of a woman’s struggle between duty and independence, tradition and freedom, longing and regret.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michele St John | 11/16/2012

    " Victorine: A Novel by Catherine Texier (2004) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martine Taylor | 9/10/2012

    " My mom and I both really liked this novel. Not quite sure why. Maybe the romantic notion of running away to China. Maybe it is the way the heroine is not quite satisfied with a run-of-the-mill life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michelle | 3/6/2012

    " Loved this book! Loved the flow, the pauses, and the fact that it's based on the author's relative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura Lee | 2/22/2012

    " 1900 Saigon. Hard to read in some places. Interesting. "

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About the Author

Catherine Texier is the author of four novels, including Chloé l’Atlantique, Love Me Tender, and Panic Blood, as well as a memoir, Breakup. She was the co-editor of the literary magazine Between C & D, is a regular contributor to the New York Times, and has written for Newsday, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Nerve.com. Texier lives in New York City.