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The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris

The Strawberry Thief

Joanne Harris

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Imprint: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 4 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781409170754

The long-awaited new Chocolat novel from the multi-million-copy bestselling author Joanne Harris

3 stars out of 5
Hannah Beckerman
9 Apr 2019

"Chocolat’s author revisits her heroine’s French village where a mysterious tattooist is getting under everyone’s skin"

The Strawberry Thief, Harris’s fourth novel following the life of chocolatier Vianne Rocher, shares much with the original in terms of theme and setting... Where Chocolat is a novel about the conflict between church and the individual, between pleasure and denial, The Strawberry Thief focuses on the conflicts within families... While Harris creates an atmospheric landscape, the novel’s storytelling might have benefited from tighter pacing. Narcisse’s lengthy confession is stolen, retrieved and returned, a MacGuffin serving predominantly to spur the novel’s living characters into action. And while Reynaud’s torment about a childhood crime adds depth to his character, his self-flagellating the narrative down. However, Harris undeniably creates an evocative world in The Strawberry Thief, and in her explorations of magic, family, grief and recovery, it is sure to delight fans of Chocolat.

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