A novel - 265 pages (Released June 15th 2019)

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"We stayed in le Quartier Latin for a week, a place buzzing with international students and leftists, where young mustached men playacted life in grand, refined gestures, while their “gypsied-out” dames danced in circles, their light, colourful skirts whirling in the sun, revealing the beauty of their curvaceous forms. Life was a stage, with every fountain a prop inviting an act of spontaneity. I wasn’t one to just stand by and watch. I danced and laughed with them. Chantal, in all her bubbliness, was the shyer of the two—Eastern French reserve, as she called it. I could go on and on about Paris, but there was more to France to be seen. Soon, we were on another train, onwards to connect with Straßburg where I would be studying for a degree in world diplomacy during the course the following three years. "

Janette Trudy Smyth on her first year abroad circa 1972


  • Voignier's writing reminded me a tad of Hermann Hesse and JD Salinger put together. The narrative is crisp, lyrical and charming. I haven't read a travelogue book like that in YEARS.... not since Shantaram. What a treat. Voignier blended a lot of different genres together to book that is wholly original and unique. I can't say I've ever read anything like it. Highly recommend!

  • How does one review a novel that draws you in so deeply that you lose track of your current reality?
    That’s what the author’s meticulous use of words does – so awesomely mesmerizing – it made me want to do nothing but keep on reading! The rhythm & content take you into the story’s intoxicating flow of time/space… a captivating written work I SO highly recommend!!