The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All

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The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All

by Don Wallace

Sourcebooks | June 12, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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"On a tiny French island, a couple of American dreamers redefine their lives by restoring a ruin-which in this lovely, shimmering story becomes a parable of a saner, greener, more sustainable path that we all can follow if we will but listen to the wisdom of the villagers the way the Wallaces did. The French House moves to a soulful, very funny rhythm all its own."-Meryl Streep "A brave, insightful, and very amusing memoir about a fantasy that many of us have had but not dared to attempt."-Jane Smiley When life hands you lemons, make citron pressé . Shortly after Don and Mindy Wallace move to Manhattan to jump-start their writing careers, they learn of a house for sale in a village they once visited on a tiny French island off the Brittany coast. Desperate for a life change, the Wallaces bravely (and impulsively) buyit almost sight unseen. What they find when they arrive is a ruin, and it isn''t long before their lives begin to resemble it-with hilarious and heartwarming results. Redolent with the beauty and flavors of French country life, The French House is a lively, inspiring, and irresistibly charming memoir of a family that rises from the rubble, wins the hearts of a historic village, and finally finds the home they''ve been seeking off the wild coast of France. "Don Wallace has crafted a delicious French bonbon of a book? full of humor, hope, and lessons on how to live a life full of meaning."-Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Devotion and Still Writing " The French House isn''t a memoir. It''s a vacation. Charming, gorgeous, perceptive, it is peppered with unforgettable characters and steeped in the deep red wine of long-termfriendship, showing us how a remarkable place can make a life worth living."-Jennie Fields, author of The Age of Desire

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.25 × 5.58 × 0.87 in

Published: June 12, 2014

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1402293313

ISBN - 13: 9781402293313

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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The French House: An American Family, a Ruined Maison, and the Village That Restored Them All

by Don Wallace

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8.25 × 5.58 × 0.87 in

Published: June 12, 2014

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1402293313

ISBN - 13: 9781402293313

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"On a tiny French island, a couple of American dreamers redefine their lives by restoring a ruin-which in this lovely, shimmering story becomes a parable of a saner, greener, more sustainable path that we all can follow if we will but listen to the wisdom of the villagers the way the Wallaces did. The French House moves to a soulful, very funny rhythm all its own."-Meryl Streep "A brave, insightful, and very amusing memoir about a fantasy that many of us have had but not dared to attempt."-Jane Smiley When life hands you lemons, make citron pressé . Shortly after Don and Mindy Wallace move to Manhattan to jump-start their writing careers, they learn of a house for sale in a village they once visited on a tiny French island off the Brittany coast. Desperate for a life change, the Wallaces bravely (and impulsively) buyit almost sight unseen. What they find when they arrive is a ruin, and it isn''t long before their lives begin to resemble it-with hilarious and heartwarming results. Redolent with the beauty and flavors of French country life, The French House is a lively, inspiring, and irresistibly charming memoir of a family that rises from the rubble, wins the hearts of a historic village, and finally finds the home they''ve been seeking off the wild coast of France. "Don Wallace has crafted a delicious French bonbon of a book? full of humor, hope, and lessons on how to live a life full of meaning."-Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Devotion and Still Writing " The French House isn''t a memoir. It''s a vacation. Charming, gorgeous, perceptive, it is peppered with unforgettable characters and steeped in the deep red wine of long-termfriendship, showing us how a remarkable place can make a life worth living."-Jennie Fields, author of The Age of Desire

About the Author

Don Wallace has been a writer and editor for 25 years and is the film editor for Honolulu Weekly. He has held senior positions at Yachting, SELF, and Golf Digest Woman, with articles appearing in the New York Times, Fast Company, Redbook, and others. Wallace splits his time between Honolulu, Long Beach, and Belle Ile.