The Feasting Season
Title: The Feasting Season
Author: Nancy Coons
Living in the Lorraine region of France with her two small children and a neglectful husband, American travel writer Meg Parker receives the assignment of a lifetime when she is asked to write a guidebook on French history, but her joy is tempered when she discovers that she must deal with Jean-Jacques, the scruffy, bossy photographer who has also been assigned to the project.
Meg Parker, an American travel-book writer, lives in the Lorraine countryside with her two small children and a neglectful husband. Domestic life is beginning to take its toll until Meg is offered her dream assignment: to write a guidebook about French history. Unfortunately, there is a catch. Jean-Jacques, a scruffy and imperious photographer, has been assigned to the project. As the dueling pair visits each region in search of the past, what they find is the colorful, food-filled present — the festive bullfights in the Camargue, the sacred gypsy pilgrimage at Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer, the pictographs and lightning storms of Mount Bégo. And over the course of mouthwatering meals — of lamb daube, paella and rosé, bull steak and anchioade, Brebis and strawberries — their antagonistic collaboration turns into a fiery love affair.
Meg’s notions about history — about what we preserve and how we accept the new — evolve, and in the end, she must reconcile her two lives and decide what to hold on to, and what to let go.