SOUPE DU JOUR by  de la Fere


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A delayed letter, announcing that Tante Emille has sent Grandmother Miredo's from America in a food package among the powdered soups, is the cause of the misfortunes that befall the family in France for, with the exception of 14 year old Louis who is being punished, all drink the soup flavored by Grandmother. The shame, guilt, secrecy and evasions are intensified when the old priest dies and they are suspected of poisoning aim, condemned by the whole village, but the new priest, Father Le Grand, is instrumental in restoring them to good standing while Louis keeps the family honor intact by burning the letter. His two sisters are adamant in their decision to take the veil in as order of perpetual silence; Tante Emilie's arrival precipitates bitter quarrelling and the necessity of buzing her share of the farm; a record harvest is followed by a killing winter which orphans Louis and it is through the good Father's help that he is able to the vengeful ghost. A vivid picture of French farm life and of traditions that endure, frames a story of proud people and single-minded sacrifice.

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 1961
Publisher: Putnam