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Month-long trips to France twice a year - that was the life! Until real life intervenes and everything changes. Come on a journey through France with the author and her husband, eating delicious cuisine, seeing fabulous sights, mixing it up with the French. Stay on the journey as a crisis reveals that her son from a previous marriage has schizophrenia, and that her husband ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published March 23rd 2013 by Journeys Press
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Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
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de Vaney, a Francophile, gives us a wonderful travelogue as well as a candid memoir. We not only traverse through France we also witness the disintegration of a emotionally abusive marriage and receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia of a son.

This sensitive loving woman vacates her marriage and endlessly supports and encourages her son while together they manage his illness. On her own she discovers herself and her stealth independence as she moves ahead without looking back. Her positive mental st
Lucy Pollard-Gott
This is an unusual memoir. It combines vivid travel writing spanning a lifetime of visits to France with an account of de Vaney’s personal journey of self-discovery in the midst of crisis. She endows her memoir with the instinctive pacing of a thriller, and I read it in just two sittings, driven by the suspense generated by the two intertwined crises she faced.

Trips to France run through the entire book, with colorful stories of meals eaten, places visited, and people encountered, but those inci
Carrie Bateman
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book definitely wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be a book about travels in France. It started out that way and I enjoyed reading this portion, but the majority of the book focused on the dysfunctional family relationships. Just made me think.. "I'm reading this... why??" Seemed to be the author was miserable with her marriage and thought writing it all down would help her.

Not recommended.
Cherie Magnus
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
As the dichotomy--France and Life--of the title indicates, this book is really two different stories--several trips to France with lush diary descriptions of every meal eaten and tourist site visited; and, the personal story of the author dealing with her son's schizophrenia and her emotional abusive husband. The chapters are interwoven, but after two or three of the book's four French journeys, the reader is anxious to leave the predictable vacation ups and downs and delve into the more interes ...more
Combined with interesting descriptions of France, this memoir is a wonderful testimony of what a mother is ready to do to help her son suffering from schizophrenia. It contains very helpful advice if you have a friend or relative with this illness.

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French or foe?

A pretty good read, esp. if you've traveled through France. The drama of her divorce and son's illness made the book more personal. I did find some of the descriptions of her days confusing. She was in Provence, then drove to the Dordogne to see Josephine Bakers chateaux Les Millandes? It's at least an 8_10 hour drive, so I think she must have confused her days. The random chapter on her faith did nothing for the continuity of the story.
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Smitten with France, Glenda de Vaney has traveled there over thirty times to photograph châteaux, gardens, villages and whatever is beautiful. She presents slide shows on France and sells framed pictures. The author is a former volunteer for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and an advocate for those suffering from mental illness. She is also an avid table tennis player who strikes fear i ...more

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