Extract published on December 3, 2013.
It is 1919. On a summer’s night in Normandy, a new-born baby is left outside the house of Albert and Jeanne Arnaud. The childless couple decide to raise the infant as their own and name him Jean.
Jean’s childhood is spent between his parents’ simple home and La Sauveté, the estate of his father’s employers, the Du Courseau family, who take a particular interest in the boy’s upbringing.
Soon Jean is old enough to venutre beyond this quiet corner of France; his travels will take him into a Europe on the threshold of unimaginable change…
A Meal in Winter, by Hubert Mingarelli