Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen

Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen

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Stretching between turn-of-the-century Paris and contemporary Canada, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen is the story of three women whose lives intersect across time to reveal the intrinsic bonds of our collective and personal histories. It is a rich and compassionate debut, a novel that encourages us to explore the depths of love and memory, of life and of art.

Unable to escape the pain of her unrequited love for Max Segal, Marie Prévost travels to Paris in order to study the writing of her other great amour: the novelist Marcel Proust. Marie is bilingual and works as a simultaneous translator in Montreal, and believes that reading Proust's original papers will give her insights into love and loss that just may mend her broken heart. But when Marie arrives in Paris, Marcel remains as elusive as Max: the strict officials at the Bibliotèque Nationale only allow her access to the peripheral papers of File 263--a much ignored and poorly catalogued collection of the diaries kept by Jeanne Proust, Marcel's mother. Despite the head librarian's opinion that they contain only the "natterings of a housewife," Marie begins to translate them, and discovers that Jean Proust's diary is as illuminating for what is not said as what is there.

Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen is Kate Taylor's first novel, and has been highly praised by reviewers. Most comment on Taylor's wonderful ability to weave together three distinct stories in such a way that the larger truths emerge from among their combined details, and on the subtle way she is able to meld history and fiction. As one literary critic has stated, " Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen marks the stunning emergence of a writer from whom we can expect much in the future."

Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2003
ISBN: 9780307375124
Characteristics: 1 online resource (414 pages)

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

In this compassionate and elegant novel the author entwines the stories of three women to create a haunting tale that spans the twentieth century. Kate Taylor is the drama critic for The Globe & Mail and this is her first novel.

Didn't read it - may try another time. I tried again but didn't go beyond reading a few of the lines. Try again much later?

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