A Gift from Brittany
While in her late twenties, Marjorie Price leaves the comfort of her Chicago suburb to strike out on her own in Paris and hone her artistic talents. Dazzled by everything French, she falls in love with a volatile French painter and they purchas ...more
Of course, she meets a man. Fellow artist, and native Frenchman, Yves sweeps Midge off her feet and they are soon married. They ...more
I thought at the beginning that A Gift from Brittany would be a book along the lines of Frances Mayes' Tuscany books - "love letters" to Italy that are light, mostly cheerful accounts of life in Tuscany.
Marjorie Price's life-altering experience living in an obscure hamlet in Brittany, France, however, the author describes as a "Memoir of Love and Loss in the French Countryside." Though it has cheerful and colorful aspects, the memoir is a poig ...more
Imagine the early 1960’s in Midwest Am ...more
A Gift from Brittany is tagged as "A memoir of love and loss in the French Countryside." Although that is true, I do not think that the book is best described as such. This book is best classified as a (late blooming) coming-of-age memoir in the French Countryside.
Midge, a young artist in 1960, starts on a journey towards self-discovery the minute she lands in France. This journey is put on hold abruptly after her arrival, due to meeting and marrying an exciting and promising artist, the self-p...more
There are 4 themes: her marriage, at times passionate and troubled. Moving to the village. He ...more
I really liked Marjorie Price's writing style. She made the book very readable. I would love to visit some of the places she described in her book.
I enjoyed reading this story of friendship between two women who were very unlike each other and who were from enormously different backgrounds. The connection and friendship between Midge and Jeannne doesn't happen very often in life and it was a true gift.
It is an enjoyable read and one that will keep you turning the pages.