A Gift from Brittany (Paperback)
A Memoir of Love and Loss in the French Countryside
Gotham Books, 9781592404346, 262pp.
Publication Date: March 3, 2009
The enchanting memoir of an artist's liberating sojourn in France during the sixties?and the friendship that transformed her life While in her late twenties, Marjorie Price leaves the comfort of her Chicago suburb to strike out on her own in Paris and hone her artistic talents. Dazzled by everything French, she falls in love with a volatile French painter and they purchase an old farmhouse in the Breton countryside. When Marjorie's seemingly idyllic marriage begins to unravel, she forms a friendship with an elderly peasant woman, Jeanne, who is illiterate, has three cows to her name, and has never left the village. Their differences are staggering yet they forge a friendship that transforms one another's life.
About the Author
Marjorie Price has been a painter all her life. She was bornin Chicago, graduated from Stanford University in speechand drama, and studied painting at the San Francisco ArtLeague and the Chicago Art Institute. In 1960 she left forFrance, where she created an art center and dedicated herselfto painting. In 1970 she moved to Italy with her daughter, Danielle, and settled in Rome. She exhibited her work ingalleries, and her graphics are represented in the permanentcollection at the National Museum of Copper Etching inRome. Returning to the United States in the late 1970s, sheworked in television and as a graphic designer, and has writtenseveral children's books. She currently lives in New YorkCity and continues to paint and show her work in galleries.A Gift from Brittany is her first work of nonfiction.