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  • ISBN 0618574794
  • ISBN13 978-0618574797
  • Language English
  • Author Christine Conrad
  • Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First Edition edition (January 4, 2006)
  • Pages 240
  • Formats mobi lrf doc azw
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory United States
  • Size ePub 1709 kb
  • Size Fb2 1502 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 847

Tim Reinhart enters a wondrous new world the moment he buys a farmhouse in the country of France, region of Quercy, department of Lot. Or, in his marvelous words, “From the moment I saw this property, I had a bead on it. I can’t completely explain why, but I had an intense feeling of belonging.” He has given up his teaching life in New York and begun working as the artist he’s always wanted to be.Letters written to his family back home sweep the reader up in Tim’s schooling in, and awakening to, the pastoral French lifestyle. From the attention to food (meals seem to Tim a semireligious rite) to the delightfully quirky neighbors who appear to spring straight out of a Balzac novel, we share Tim’s ever-growing pleasures and adventures.But his enchantment with this foreign land becomes far more complicated when his drawings—and then Tim himself—catch the eye of Mademoiselle Benoir, a beautiful, aristocratic woman twenty years his senior. Their decision to marry sets off a cluster bomb, uncovering incendiary layers of emotional and cultural complexity on both sides of the Atlantic, as his family tries to reason with him, her family declares war, and the villagers choose sides. Will tradition triumph over love?Inspired by a true story, this is a delicious stew with something for everyone.Christine Conrad has worked as the New York City film commissioner, as an editor in book publishing, as a screenwriter for motion pictures and television, and as an advocate for women's health. Her most recent book, Jerome Robbins, is a pictorial biography inspired by her long friendship with the choreographer.

Christine Conrad's charming and spirited novel offers a fresh look at life's pleasures in the French countryside

Christine Conrad's charming and spirited novel offers a fresh look at life's pleasures in the French countryside. Thirty-something American Tim Reinhart leaves New York and purchases a farmhouse in rural France, where he fills his days restoring the property and pursuing his artistic passion.

About Christine Conrad: CHRISTINE CONRAD’s most recent published work is Watermill . See if your friends have read any of Christine Conrad's books. It follow her novel Mademoiselle Benoir from Houghton Mifflin.

See if your friends have read any of Christine Conrad's books. It was preceded by her pictorial biography Jerome Robbins: That Broadway Man, That Ballet Man, based on her long relationship with the renowned choreographer.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Christine Conrad's charming and spirited novel offers a fresh look at life's pleasures in the French countryside. Thirty-something American Tim Reinhart leaves New York and purchases a farmhouse in rural France.

Mademoiselle Benoir is Conrads first novel.

She is the author of three other books, including Jerome Robbins, a pictorial biography inspired by her long friendship with the choreographer. Mademoiselle Benoir is Conrads first novel. She lives in Los Angeles. Questions for Discussion

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Christine Conrad's charming and spirited novel offers a fresh look at life's pleasures in the French countryside

Christine Conrad's charming and spirited novel offers a fresh look at life's pleasures in the French countryside. Letters to his family and friends back home vividly illustrate Tim's blissful immersion in the divine meals, deep-rooted customs, and quirky community of his new pastoral surroundings.

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In her novel, "Mademoiselle Benoir," woman's health issues author, Christine Conrad arranges with the deftness of a Japanese floral artiste, a seemingly simplistic tableau of colors and textures that when assembled creates a rich and introspective insight into the realm of the human heart.

Written as a series of letters spanning a two year period, the plot focuses on thirty-eight year old Tim Reinhart, a former professor of mathematics who decides, on a studied impulse to sacrifice his solid academic life in New York to realize his dream to oil paint in the South of France. At first, Tim's letters reflect the typical American fascination with the cultural differences between the older French civilization and that of the socially fledgling United States/ As in other novels and travelogues, Conrad showcases not only the French love of food but presents an amusing portrait interplaying the idiosyncrasies of pastoral life with caricatures of centuries old French "types." She moves into more philosophical ground when she abandons the usual tedious albeit exuberant descriptions of chateau, farmyard and countryside and approaches the bigger more nebulous question of what ultimately delivers happiness in the realm of human existence.

When Tim meets Catherine, a woman over twenty years his senior, the tone of his letters waxes contemplative. With great proficiency, Conrad enlightens the reader to Tim's growing affection for this regally beautiful woman prior to his realization that what he feels for her is more than just respect and admiration. In fact, this illustrates but one example of Conrad's forte as a writer; her ability to depict nuanced personality traits through the medium of letters allows her audience to understand each character's perspective without a third person description of physicality or motivation.

Complimenting the pleasant cadence and development of her plotline, Conrad successfully weaves in meaningful quotations, ideas and appropriate French factoids without allowing these to become contrived or unnecessary eye-rolling displays of too thorough research asides or "isn't that interesting" minutiae that shows off the writer's knowledge of subject matter yet detracts from the overall presentation. Indeed, this women's health advocate truly understands the importance of proper balance in life---hormonal or otherwise. Her sublime working of her own personal philosophy through the mouthpieces of her characters speaks well of her transition from youth to wisdom.

To this reader's great pleasure, Conrad reworks the usual American living abroad scenario to address larger issues that face all of us as we mature and realize that "stuff" and its accoutrements belong to a material world and have little to do with the unconscious drive for further development, both artistic and spiritual, that ultimately facilitates a human life worth living.

As the fox in Saint-Exupéry's Petit Prince dictates, one can only truly see with the heart. Conrad's "Mademoiselle Benoir" bypasses both the material and the physical world and operates solely in an ideal world where essentials count as the true pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Bottom Line? "Mademoiselle Benoir" surpasses my expectations, covering more ground than I thought possible in it's prettily packaged 230 pages. Each of the players through a thoughtful revelation and analysis of fact reveal themselves as fully fleshed our individuals. The events that link their lives together form a cohesive story to which the reader connects automatically, alternately through smiles and tears. If she fails she does so only in attempting to facilitate the scenery as an additional character. Her strong portrayals circumvent this need and perpetuate in the mind of the reader Balzacian models for human vice and virtue.

Hopefully Conrad will not ruin this effort by revisiting the characters in a sequel. In this instance, Conrad has written a near perfect story which needs no reprisal. Recommended highly.
Diana Faillace Von Behren
Read this book, then purchased it as a birthday gift for a friend.
Christine Conrad's intimate novel told in letters of a young man who moves to rural France to be an artist and the much older woman he finds as his soulmate and life's love is simply exquisite. Not only is it a beautiful portrait of France, but a radiant and deep portrait of an unpredictable and rich love. This will find a growing audience by word-of-mouth alone. Sometimes I had to put the book down because tears filled my eyes. Beautifully done! I am already recommending it to friends.
Longitude Temporary
Neither fawning priests, ossified traditions of la vielle France, nor a sister's corrosive anger can shake the love that unfolds between Mlle. Benoir, a woman of a certain age, and Tim, a young American artist. A lovely story, one that takes you away with rich descriptions of the people, the landscape and, of course, the food, in little-known region of France. A wonderful story to read and to give as a gift.
When Tim Reinhart leaves the stress and complications of his life in New York for the rural countryside of France's Lot Valley, his family is mystified but ultimately supportive. This new-found simplicity is exactly what appeals to him, an unfolding landscape, "bend by bend, layer by layer, field by field, gorge by gorge", early inhabited by Goths, Vikings, Romans and Celts, an inspirational boon to the artist, whose sketches fill the letters he sends home to parents and sister. The story told through these missives, Tim describes his tiny, one-room farmhouse, surrounded by trees, his eccentric neighbors, the French love of food and discourse over meals and the budding romantic relationship with a young woman in the neighborhood who is at times effusive, then taciturn, certainly unpredictable, her changing circumstances an added pressure on the couple. Tim is ambivalent, drawn to her, but protective of his expanding interior life, learning by attrition the French obsession with marriage and family.

While sorting through his romantic conundrum, Tim meets a dynamic and opinionated artist, Pauline LeDuc, part owner of the 15th century Chateau de la Rive, who encourages him to meet with her sister, also an artist, thinking them kindred spirits. Indeed, they are, the twenty-years older Catherine Benoir immediately enchanted with her new young friend, offering cogent advice on his relationship dilemma. Tim basks in the hospitality of the Benoir clan, the three sisters, Pauline's children and grandchildren and their decaying family chateau with its inherent problems, stimulated by this inside view of French life at its most dynamic. As much as Tim appreciates his creative discussions with Catherine, his girlfriend is adamant that a commitment to her means the release of the older woman, a fact that both saddens and confuses Tim, for Mme. Benoir has been more than gracious to both of them.

After a four-week vacation with a college friend from New York, Tim returns a changed man, the charms of his old life receding, replaced with the stimulation of a renewed artistic career. Both Tim and Catherine are appalled to realize that their evolving friendship has turned to love, what Catherine terms "a love without tyranny". Tim breaks the news to his parents, working through their natural objections. More shocking is the Benoir's reaction to the proposed marriage, orchestrated by a vitriolic Pauline, who spares no opportunity to block the religious ceremony that is critical to local society's acceptance of the couple's union: "Even a little happiness attracts a great number of enemies." Although the opposition is hurtful and prolonged, Catherine and Tim rise above the fray, withstanding the ill intentions of others, reinforced by adversity. In this most unusual novel, two people step beyond the conventional in a union born of mutual respect and an unflinching commitment to become man and wife. With the strength of character to forge their own happiness, the couple proves that, "in the end, life requires continued acts of bravery." Luan Gaines/ 2006.