Title: A Good Year: A Novel.
Publisher: Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 2004
Edition: First Printing of the First Edition.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. This novel is the source for the film of the same name starring Russell Crowe about a London financier who inherits a French vineyard from his deceased uncle that on the surface produces the worst wine ever. The story is complicated by the long-term caretaker who wants to acquire the vineyard and a young California woman claiming to be the deceased uncle's illegitimate daughter, thus a potential heir to the estate. Rich in the wonders of Provence, food and wine culture and romance. Catalog Roast. Bookseller Inventory # 22724
Synopsis: From Peter Mayle, a wonderful new novel steeped in wine?and the business of wine?and set in, bien sûr, Provence.
Max Skinner is not exactly setting the London financial world on fire?and when his supervisor steals his biggest client, it?s definitely time to inspect the vineyard in Provence that his recently departed uncle left him. Heartily and happily distracted upon his arrival by the landscape, the weather, and the food?not to mention the gorgeous notaire handling the estate and the stunning owner of the local bistro?Max almost forgets about his inherited property .
Which might have been a good idea, because the wine produced there is swill. But then why, Max has to wonder, is his caretaker so anxious to acquire the land? When a beautiful young woman from California arrives with what might be a legitimate claim on the estate, and knowledge of vineyards that far outstrips Max?s own, the plot begins its twists and turns into and out of truly wonderful complications and resolutions.
This is luscious reading?soothing us with the sensual wonders of Provence while it tells a fascinating tale of the hugely lucrative and competitive boutique-wine trade. It is Peter Mayle?s most satisfying, most delectable novel yet.
About the Author: Peter Mayle eats, drinks, writes, and lives in Provence. This is his ninth book, and his fifth novel.
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