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Blackberry Wine by Joanne Harris
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Aug 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, fiction

Blackberry Wine followed Harris's Chocolat, but well preceeded the movie of Chocolat that brought so many readers to her books. The timing of the writing of these books is relevent, because Blackberry Wine takes place in the same world as Chocolat, with a few characters making cameo appearences. Then came The Lollypop Shoes (or The Girl with No Shadow), a true sequel to Chocolat, and the casting and plot changes from the film are stamped all over the story. But Blackberry Wine continues with the light touches of magic and etherealness that made Chocolat such a special book.

This time, we have a blocked writter (is there any other kind in novels?) who runs away to re-create the place that gave birth to the one book that he was proud he wrote. Quickly he is immersed in the gossip and real lives of the people of the very special French town that always seems to have a dark secret or two just waiting to be revealed. Yes, it's a novel based on a cliched story, but when the setting and characters have as many layers as a Harris novel, the cliche almost seems new.

I am going to nitpic one problem with the story-telling of this book (it might have made 5 stars with me if not for this error): inexplainably, Harris jumps from 3rd person limited narrative to 3rd person omniscent twice in this book, and for just a few short paragraphs. The POV switch glares as something an editor should have caught, and wreak havoc with the flow of the story.

Other than that, this is one very, very readable and enjoyable book by an author who really knows how to develop characters. (And for fans of Roux....he's in this one too!)
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Natasha is he?? i dont remember...

Judy Thanks for making the order of the novels clear. Now I can read Chocolat to find who is in Blackberry Wine.

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