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A Garden Wall In Provence

by Carrie Jane Knowles
ISBN: 978-0-9911211-7-5
Publication Date: May 15, 2017

Price: $24.95

Pages: 140

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A Garden Wall in Provence

A Love story about good bread, good neighbors, and the fickle winds of the mistral. (Recipes included).


A chaotic week of mishaps and misunderstandings in Avignon, France. In this light-hearted story of family and love, Madame Reynaud reigns at the helm of her neighborhood. Her daughter Monique, who years ago was maimed by the violent mistral wind, is determined to break free from her mother’s tender, yet stifling care. But Madame Reynaud is quite oblivious to her daughter’s plan—she is preoccupied with planning Monique’s birthday celebration. When Madame Reynaud is tricked into inviting every one of her elderly friends to come to the house on Sunday for the surprise party, she learns that Monique has a surprise of her own. All Madame Reynaud’s problems come crashing down at the annual Fete of the Three Kings, when she finds herself in a compromising situation with the baker, Monsieur Boffard. In the end, the Gypsy Queen from the laundry sets the situation straight, for she sees the future and tells Madame Reynaud what she must do—the solution she really knew all along.





The 2014 Piedmont Laureate in Short Fiction, Carrie Knowles has published widely in both fiction and non-fiction and has won a number of prestigious writing awards, including: Midland Authors Poetry Award, the American Heart Association Heart and Torch Award for Creative Journalism, and Glimmer Train’s Very-Short Fiction Contest. Her first novel, Lillian’s Garden, was selected a summer “must read” by the North Carolina Arts Council/NC Culture Blogger. Her second novel, Ashoan’s Rug, was named one of the top books of 2014 by Salisbury Press. Her non-fiction book, The Last Childhood: A Family Story of Alzheimer’s, Three Rivers Press 2000, has been noted as one of the top 100 books written about Alzheimer’s. Carrie was born in Detroit. She and her husband, Jeff Leiter, moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1978. They have three children. For more information about Carrie and her work, please visit her website at: http://www.cjanework.com/




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Praise for

A Garden Wall in Provence


“This gentle tale of change is also a love letter to a beloved place. With recipes, too. Although instead of making my own bread, I'd rather move to Madame Reynard's delightful neighborhood, greet gossipy neighbors and fractious dogs, and walk to either of the competing boulangeries for a fresh baguette.”

─Debbie Moose, award-winning food essayist and North Carolina author of six cook-books including Southern Holidays: A Savor the South Cookbook, published by University of North Carolina Press.



“As a young student, I spent six enchanting months in Provence. Carrie Jane Knowles’s novella, A GARDEN WALL IN PROVENCE, brought this experience back to me in sumptuous detail: the eccen-tric neighbors, the delights of the boulangeries, dogs, santons and the fresh, freezing Mistral blowing through it all . To read this tale is to travel, to walk the streets of wonderful Avi-gnon. Tout à fait charmant!”

Lynn York, author of The Sweet Life and The Stainless Piano Teacher.


“At first it seems that Madame Renaud and her daughter Monique lead a rather placid life on their little street, the Impasse de l’Alliance. They and their neighbors spend their days debating which boulanger sells the best croissants and brioche, whether or not Mme. Pecaut’s dog Charme can be convinced not to bark so much, and how many people to invite to Monique’s 30th birth-day party. Then the mistral blows through town, bringing a change in the weather, and with it new lives and new loves. Carrie Knowles’ new novella is a delight to read.”

─Sarah Shaber, author of the Louise Pearlie Mystery Series.