“An hilarious account of a fashion guru who swaps Prada for paintbrushes and Pineau in rural France.”
A very fresh and edifying memoir, Karen Wheeler presents an account of converting from a privileged but vacuous existence in London,England to a robust life in Villiers, France. A devastating breakup with a Gallic boyfriend served as a catalyst for her move.
When she arrives in France, demons from her breakup frequently confront her, making the move even more laborious. Plus, her home Maison Coquelicot (“house of the wild poppy”), stands in urgent need of repair.
It takes a full two years after she signs the deed for the house to reach a habitable state. In those two years, she fortifies valuable friendships, loses a meaningful friendship and ignites futile attempts at love affairs.