Author – Patricia Feinberg Stoner is a former journalist, advertising copywriter and publicist. For four years she and her husband were accidental expatriates in the Languedoc, southern France. During that time she wrote a series of magazine articles which eventually became her first book about the Languedoc: ‘at Home in the Pays d’Oc.’
Now back in the UK, she lives with her husband in the pretty West Sussex village of Rustingdon, where Michael Flanders encountered a gnu and the mobility scooter is king.
She spends much of her time writing short stories and comic verses. Her first book, ‘Paw Prints in the Butter’, is a collection of comic poems for cat lovers, and is sold in aid of a local animal charity. In 2017 she published her second book of comic verse: ‘The Little Book of Rude Limericks’.
In the autumn of 2018 Patricia returns to the locale of ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc’ with a new collection of stories: ‘Tales from the Pays d’Oc’.
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You may occasionally find her on Twitter @perdisma.
Pages – 132
The Blurb –
Twenty-one tales of life, love and laughter in the land of sun and vines.
What is Matthieu doing up an olive tree? Why won’t Joséphine ever eat pizza again? Who went four by fourth? And who rescued two hapless Americans at Armageddon Falls?
Travel to the Languedoc, feel the scorch of the sun on your shoulders, smell the dust and the lavender and the ripening grapes and follow the adventures of the Saturday Club and the regulars at l’Estaminet.
In this collection of stories, Patricia Feinberg Stoner revisits the territory of her memoir, ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc’ with a whole host of new and familiar characters.
Today is my stop on the Tales from the Pays d’Oc blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources
My thoughts – As I’ve said previously I love short stories, and this book is no exception. It is a wonderful collection of stories based in and around the French Pays d’Oc region. The stories involve the members of what is known as The Saturday Club, a group of European people that all congregate in the local cafe, every Saturday.
The author describes the area well and I could visualise the village men meeting every day in the square whiling away the hours until dead on midday they were called for lunch. All the stories are separate but all link together well, and include loss, misinformation, hungry dogs, and a bossy kitten. It is a lovely collection of stories. The book also includes the first chapter of her first book, and some poems related to the short stories.
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This book counts towards my British Book Challenge