Sophie Forrest writes horror stories because she sees faces in the walls; men with their heads in their laps materialize in front of her when she's trying to enjoy her cafe creme; her former lover is marrying someone else amid oyster brunches and tennis matches.
Born in France, Sophie returns to her birthplace on a quest to find not the place where she was a child but her childhood itself. Her poor French and the mistake of a cab driver results in her stepping into the Hotel Placide, an ancient house of blue walls and blue curtains and blue rugs, in which she encounters an aspiring nun, a trigger-happy little boy, and a quiet, enigmatic farmer.
This Blue is a dream-like story that unfolds with a comedy that goes with the uncertain adventure of travel.
Ploughshares, the literary magazine of Emerson College.
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The reader was excellent, nicely capturing the French characters and using different voices to distinguish characters.
Have not read the print version, but the depth of prose was such a joy. Was hooked by the story quickly.
No comparison with other performance. Loved the voice, pace and general presentation by the narrator.
This book made me want to immediately book a flight to France.
- Dottie Bates