Book review: The Waiting Years

 The Waiting Years   Chemin de femmes  

Chemin de femmes
by Fumiko Enchi
First published as 女坂 in 1957, Translated from the Japanese into French
Anne Bayard-Sakai and Cécile Sakai
Gallimard, NFR, 1999
228 pages
The Waiting Years
translated by John Bester – Kodansha, 2002
203 pages
Historical fiction 


I didn’t find the book quickly enough in English, so I read it in its French translation. But I gave the information above to encourage you to read it in English if you can find it, as it’s really excellent.

The book is set at the end of the 19th century, near the end of the Meiji era, when feudal traditions were still alive, like here with Tomo, a high official’s wife, who serves him to the end, for the sake of the family unit. Submission to the husband was then the only way for women (as highlighted by the title in the French edition).

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Book review: Katherine’s Wish

Katherine's Wish

Katherine’s Wish,
by Linda Lappin
Wordcraft of Oregon
Officially released in 2008,
now re-released in 2021
250 pages
Historical fiction/fictional biography

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I read some short stories by Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) forty years ago or more, and unfortunately have no real memory of them.
But I had no idea of her life. And what a life and a character!
So I eagerly read Katherine’s Wish, a historical novel focusing on the last five years of her life, when she traveled back and forth between England, France, Italy, and Switzerland, trying to find the best setting and cure for her tuberculosis.

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Book review and giveaway: Monet and Oscar

Monet and Oscar

Monet & Oscar:
The Essence of Light
by Joe Byrd
Giverny Books
Published on 5/1/2021
300 pages
Historical Fiction


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France Book Tours recently hosted a webinar featuring four authors of historical fiction who focused on French artists: Art in fiction: Four artists, four authors. Monet & Oscar was one of the four books featured, and I’m happy to review it today. Click to continue reading