By Joanne Harris

The wind has consistently dictated Vianne Rocher's each circulation, buffeting her from the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes to the crowded streets of Paris. Cloaked in a brand new identification, that of widow Yanne Charbonneau, she opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre highway, decided to nonetheless the wind ultimately and maintain her daughters, Anouk and child Rosette, secure. however the climate vane quickly turns, and Zozie de l'Alba blows into their lives. fascinating and enigmatic, Zozie presents the brightness that Yanne's existence needs—as her vivacity and ambitious lollipop sneakers dazzle rebellious and impressionable preadolescent Anouk. yet underneath their new friend's benevolent fa?ade lies a ruthless treachery—for devious, seductive Zozie has plans that may shake their international to items.

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He’s older than his friend, and his style is less exuberant. In fact he rarely speaks at all but stands at his easel in the corner of the square, scowling furiously at the paper and occasionally scratching at it with frightening intensity. He has an intimidating mustache and makes his patrons sit at length, while he scowls and scratches and mutters violently to himself before producing a work of such bizarre proportions that his customers are awed into paying up. Jean-Louis was still sketching me as I made my way among the tables.

I see her from Le P’tit Pinson—every morning just before eight and every afternoon after half past four—and she speaks to me cheerily enough: of her school, and her friends, her teachers, the people she sees on the bus. It’s a start, at least; but I sense she’s holding back. In a way, it pleases me. I could put that strength to use—with the right education I’m sure she’d go far—and besides, you know, the greater part of any seduction lies in the chase. 54 ✶ Jo anne Har ri s ✶ But I’m already tired of Le P’tit Pinson.

It’s not my concern. Not anymore, anyway. “Where are the girls? ” “Upstairs,” I said. “Watching TV. How was London? ” “Great. ” As a matter of fact I know it well; my mother and I lived there for nearly a year. I’m not sure why I haven’t told him this, or why I have allowed him to believe that I was born and raised in France. Perhaps a yearning for ordinariness: perhaps a fear that if I mention my mother he may look at me differently. Thierry is a solid citizen. A builder’s boy made good through property, he has had very little exposure to the unusual and the uncertain.

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