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Victorine

Catherine Texier

In this lush, lyrical, and marvelously evocative novel, Catherine Texier takes a mystery from her family's past and draws from it a portrait of a remarkable woman-her great-grandmother Victorine. A young schoolteacher in a quiet province in France, Victorine had married and had two children. But when she falls desperately in love, she makes a startling choice, leaving her family for her lover and a new life in Indochina. On a single day in 1940, as Victorine reflects on her past, we travel back with her, from the willow-lined canals of her childhood home in Vendée to sun-drenched days and languorous nights along the Mekong River at the dawn of the twentieth century. Hers is an unforgettable story of adventure and self-discovery-of a woman's struggle between duty and independence, tradition and freedom, longing and regret.

In this lush, lyrical, and marvelously evocative novel, Catherine Texier takes a mystery from her family's past and draws from it a portrait of a remarkable woman-her great-grandmother Victorine. A young schoolteacher in a quiet province in France, Victorine had married and had two children. But when she falls desperately in love, she makes a startling choice, leaving her family for her lover and a new life in Indochina. On a single day in 1940, as Victorine reflects on her past, we travel back with her, from the willow-lined canals of her childhood home in Vendée to sun-drenched days and languorous nights along the Mekong River at the dawn of the twentieth century. Hers is an unforgettable story of adventure and self-discovery-of a woman's struggle between duty and independence, tradition and freedom, longing and regret.
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In this lush, lyrical, and marvelously evocative novel, Catherine Texier takes a mystery from her family's past and draws from it a portrait of a remarkable woman-her great-grandmother Victorine. A young schoolteacher in a quiet province in France, Victorine had married and had two children. But when she falls desperately in love, she makes a startling choice, leaving her family for her lover and a new life in Indochina. On a single day in 1940, as Victorine reflects on her past, we travel back with her, from the willow-lined canals of her childhood home in Vendée to sun-drenched days and languorous nights along the Mekong River at the dawn of the twentieth century. Hers is an unforgettable story of adventure and self-discovery-of a woman's struggle between duty and independence, tradition and freedom, longing and regret.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Josephine Bailey

Length:

11h 9m


Chapters

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01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:18


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:48


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:30


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:50


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:06


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:40


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:08


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:07


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:55


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:15


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:17


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:16


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:51


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:44


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:40


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:59


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:49


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:09


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:28


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:52


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:32


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

02:36


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:32


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:36


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:33


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:23


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:05


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

01:42


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:53


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:30


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:48


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:42


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:41


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:34


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:53


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:53


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:42


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

02:45


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:22


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:13


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:33


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:03


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:59


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:22


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:50


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:19


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:52


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:55


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:02


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:15


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:24


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:04


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:55


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:12


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:08


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:23


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:57


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:15


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:19


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:43


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:02


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

01:48


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:39


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:09


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:58


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

02:09


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

02:48


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:39


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:16


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:52


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:06


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:55


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

02:36


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:54


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:55


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:39


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:37


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:47


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:20


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:45


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:38


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

02:25


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:54


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:32


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:27


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:11


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:09


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:16


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:33


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:12


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:23


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:05


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

02:55


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:57


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

01:55


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

02:50


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:03


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:40


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

04:51


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:38


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:26


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:29


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:54


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:46


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:20


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:51


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

02:34


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:18


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:12


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:48


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:01


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:41


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

03:05


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:50


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

03:21


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:12


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:47


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:44


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:19


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

03:56


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

03:03


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:02


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:02


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:35


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

04:08


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

02:51


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

03:19


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:09


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:16


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

02:50


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:23


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:01


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

02:54


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:27


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:40


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:13


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

03:45


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:01


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

02:46


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:37


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

03:59


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

04:12


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

04:01


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

03:17


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

03:43


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

02:23


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

00:38