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The Lantern

The LanternIn The Lantern, a sensuous gothic novel set in Provence, the chapters alternate between the past and present of Les Genévriers, a...The LanternFictionIn The Lantern, a sensuous gothic novel set in Provence, the chapters alternate between the past and present of Les Genévriers, a...2011-08-10HarperCollins
FRENCH GOTHIC Haunted houses and crumbling lives give this Provence-set novel hints of 'Rebecca'

FRENCH GOTHIC Haunted houses and crumbling lives give this Provence-set novel hints of 'Rebecca'

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The Lantern

Genre: Fiction; Author: Deborah Lawrenson; Publisher: HarperCollins

In The Lantern, a sensuous gothic novel set in Provence, the chapters alternate between the past and present of Les Genévriers, a possibly haunted hamlet with buildings and fortunes that have crumbled over time. Its current tenants are Eve and Dom, whose romance has whispers of Rebecca. (What happened to his ex-wife?) Bénédicte, the previous inhabitant, is a farmer undone by family history and the loss of old ways. Lawrenson’s poetic prose vibrantly conjures up both the beauty of southern France and the ghosts, real or imagined, from different eras. B+