Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Find: Suite Francaise

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Today's post is a bit unusual, but fits the topic well....It's a real "find"...literally!!!

This past weekend I hosted a small gathering for the Richmond area alumnae group of my alma mater. We had a delightful time together....a fabulous Dessert and Discussion gathering! For those of you interested in the "entertaining" component of this event....I had sign in/nametags on one side of the butler's pantry (still looking for that butler!!) and champagne and cake on the other....

Then I placed a few little treats in the library on the one clear (no pun intended!) surface I have.

I guess I need a 12 step program to cure my addiction to books! Every surface in the library is covered and almost every room in the house has books in it....except the dining room!

Although it was a small group, we were fortunate to have the chair of the college's English department fly up to join us, and we had a magnificent conversation about Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise.  Literally a hidden treasure, this book was unfinished, as Nemirovsky wrote it during the occupation of France and was herself taken to Auschwitz in 1942, where she died.  Her notebook, which contained the manuscript, was left behind and was in her daughter's possession for decades. It remained unread because the daughter thought it was a journal of an excruciatingly painful time and she could not bear to look at it. When she was preparing to donate it to a repository of Holocaust items, it was discovered to be the first two parts of an extraordinary work. It was first published in French and then translated and published in English in 2006.

Here is the 2006 book review from the New York Times. Review

Those of you who read the New York Times may have noticed this article on Nemirovsky, published just this past Monday. It was an unexpected treat for our little group! Article

To learn more about Irene Nemirovsky and preview her other works, visit her page.

Our discussion group, from the Agnes Scott College classes of 1956, 1974 and 1981
(I was taking the picture) with English professor, Dr. Christine Cozzens.


  1. That is so nice you had other alums over! Love all the books! You can never have too many!

  2. What a lovely gathering! You planned beautifully...