(From the publisher):
In turn-of-the-century Paris, Jeanne Proust, a cultivated Jewish woman married to a Catholic doctor, writes in her diaries of personal and global events. The Dreyfus Affair, tomorrow's menu, the building of the Panama Canal, and her family's health are duly noted in the precise retelling of her family's daily life. But her most constant theme is her son Marcel. Plagued by grandiose social aspirations, unfulfilled literary ambitions, and chronic asthma, Marcel will not settle down to bourgeois life.
Mme. Proust's diary is increasingly interrupted by its translator, Marie Prévost, who is poring over these documents in the Bibliothèque Nationale. Marie's obsession with the diaries and their translation is refuge from her own disappointment, an unrequited love for the enigmatic Max.
The final strand of this sophisticated novel tells the story of Sarah Bensimon, a twelve-year-old Parisian refugee sent to Canada to escape the Nazis. As a young adult she returns to Paris to discover that her parents have perished, but closing the door on her past proves difficult and back in Toronto she settles into an uneasy womanhood. Alienated from her doctor husband and teenage son, she seeks refuge in her kitchen, where she recreates a kosher version of classic French cuisine.
(from the publisher)
Original title: Mme. Proust and the Kosher Kitchen
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ France