A Good Year
By Peter Mayle
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375705625, 304pp.)
Publication Date: June 14, 2005
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The writer with a claim to being the world’s foremost literary escape artist is back, with an intoxicating novel about the business and pleasure of wine, set in his beloved Provence. Max Skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncle’s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so many people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max does–and may have a better claim to the estate. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Mayle at his most entertaining.
Peter Mayle eats, drinks, writes, and lives in Provence. This is his ninth book, and his fifth novel.
“A delightful divertissement. . . .plenty of . . . local color, comic dalliances and a feastful of entertainment.” –The Seattle Times “Happily snide (and knowledgeable). . . . Wicked turns of phrase . . . . Quite agreeable, with an insouciant nose . . . perfect for summer reading.” –Chicago Sun-Times“Mayle makes Provence sound like the most enticing place this side of paradise. Reservations, anyone?” –People “Bubbly, light-hearted, good-natured. . . . [Mayle’s] descriptions of food and country ambience. . . live up to his reputation.” –The Baltimore Sun “Fast-moving and fun. . . . a deliciously light-hearted tale. . . . The Provencal life never tasted so good.” –Rocky Mountain News