From the Amazon page:
ll that Professor Claire Somerset expects when she arrives in Provence
during the summer of 1978 is a restful visit with friends as she
finishes sabbatical research on Surrealist poets involved in WWII
resistance. Instead, the attraction between her and vineyard owner
Maurice Laurent sets off a series of events that turn her life upside
down. Claire is given an anonymous journal that describes a family
whose members played different roles during the Occupation: pacifist,
collaborator, member of the Resistance, prisoner of war, Nazi officer's
lover....and murderer of a fellow family member. The codes and initials
used in the journal match the Laurent family. Did the Laurents know of
their quiet, simple cousin's part in the Resistance? Did the murderer
ever confess what happened? How many more secrets is Maurice's family
hiding? Fictional characters and their activities revolve among real
people and events leading up to the liberation of Southern France.
Each is influenced by writers who kept the idea of liberty alive under
the threat of capture, torture and death--such as Albert Camus, Samuel
Beckett, André Malraux, Louis Aragon and René Char, the Surrealist poet
who organized parachute drops around Mont Ventoux. The importance of
the wine industry--war or no war--is woven throughout as the Laurents'
disguised cellar hides both refugees and barrels of their best vintages.
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