Valley of Grace

Marion Halligan


Valley of Grace

Valley of Grace

  • Title: Valley of Grace
  • Author: Marion Halligan
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  • Page: 176
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Valley of Grace is an interwoven narrative of modern day Paris.Fanny and Gerard fall in love in a way that surprises even them as their lives fill with good sex and loving companionship But they long for a child to complete their happiness Two of Fanny s lesbian friends feel similarly driven by the need to have a child But how to make that possible Jean Marie is an inteValley of Grace is an interwoven narrative of modern day Paris.Fanny and Gerard fall in love in a way that surprises even them as their lives fill with good sex and loving companionship But they long for a child to complete their happiness Two of Fanny s lesbian friends feel similarly driven by the need to have a child But how to make that possible Jean Marie is an internationally regarded professor of philosophy whose adoring students are willing sexual partners fulfilling the tenets of his libertarianism But perhaps philosophy can t bear the weight of human emotion.When Gerard buys a beautiful old house in the suburbs, the disturbing contents of the attic binds the stories into an intriguing and darkly disturbing knot.Valley of Grace is a lyrical work full of hope and children, written by one of Australia s most loved novelists at the height of her powers Savour it.


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‘Fanny Picart works in an antiquarian bookshop.’Valley of Grace is set in France, in a number of different locales, including an antiquarian bookshop in the Latin Quarter, a painstakingly restored eighteenth century apartment, a sprawling suburban manor house with its own secrets, and a cobblestoned village. At the centre of the novel are Fanny and Gérard. While Fanny and Gérard’s story of love and marriage is quite conventional, it is their connections to the lives of other characters w [...]

It’s two or three days since I finished reading Valley of Grace, and I’m still savouring the reading of it. It’s always such a pleasure to read Marion Halligan’s novels I save them up when a new one comes along and wait to read them in the same way that I save a box of expensive chocolates for just the right moment.Valley of Grace is not the first of Halligan’s novels to be set in Paris. The Golden Dress (1998) was too, but I hadn’t been there when I read it and though I loved the no [...]

Like it’s delicate burnished cover, Valley of Grace has an understated richness. It’s a quiet novel in that there is little overt dialogue, and the action takes place slowly, carefully, observed through the gentle lens of its main character Fanny. The novel is set in Paris, and, like its characters, the city is seen through a soft focus that only a loving visitor could provide. It’s a Paris of renovation, of food markets full of exquisite produce, of antiquarian bookshops and wonderful, ma [...]

A bit enigmatic, sometimes oddly eerie. I think a book you either like a lot or not at all. I'm still deciding if it is about children, families, the ties that bind or don't bind or something else entirely Made me want to visit and revisit the places described and evoked though, which is always a winner in my book.

I admire Marion Halligan's work (after participating in a writing class she conducted) and have been meaning to read her earlier novels but never got around to it. Here finally she returns to what she is wonderful at – literary fiction. I just can’t get over Valley of Grace. It feels like Halligan has been living in Paris and parts of France for most of her life. The tone is so authentic, the landscape and buildings beautifully evoked and I love the way the stories and the people interlink. [...]

Don't read this if you want to fall pregnant. It will break your heart and give you hope and make you believe that moving to the French countryside is the only solution. A gorgeous study of myriad intersecting lives, lived beautifully and well in Paris and its immediate surrounds.

I was recommended this by a bookseller. It is so elegant and quite beautifully written but I did find it a little slow at times. Nevertheless, I am glad I read it and will surely read more of her writing in the near future.

Valley of Grace is set in Paris and is a sensitive and delightful exploration of relationships and experiences. I read this in one sitting and it gave me a great deal of pleasure - for its Parisian setting, its characters and its understated but effective writing style.

This book gives the reader charming little postcards from Paris - snippets of the lives of related families with flashbacks to how German occupation affected their familes. A central theme is babies, having them and not having them and the joys and tragedies that unfold.

I wasn't sue to begin with. And then I fell in love with the gentle, poetic story telling. For a modern story it feels seet in the past. Not an i-phone or a digital disruption to this lyrical set of interlinked stories.

A mixed bag Parts were enthrallingly while some chapters went off on a tangent .


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