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Final Transgression: Online Book Talk with Harriet Welty

Saturday 14th November 2020 — 11:00am to 12:00pm

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FRANCE FOREVER SERIES: The Alliance Française of Washington, DC will be hosting Harriet Welty, writer, journalist, and true Francophile, for a presentation of her first novel Final Transgression: One Woman’s Tragic Destiny in War-torn France.

This event will be in English. Books for sale are available on Amazon.

About the book

In Final Transgression, 85-year-old Caroline Aubry tells the tale of the tragic wartime destiny of her beloved younger sister, Séverine. When WW2 breaks out and Séverine’s collaborationist husband betrays her, she flees from Paris to her hometown in southwest France and to the château and the countess who was her mentor. Headstrong and determined, she ignores warnings about the risk of traveling to an area that has become a fierce battleground for rival groups of résistants, Nazis and collaborators. It is there, in her own village, that she commits an egregious error––her final transgression.

About the author

Harriet Welty is the author of three nonfiction books about the French, French Toast, French Fried and Joie de Vivre and now, her first novel, Final Transgression. She grew up and was educated in America but came to France after university and have lived there for almost fifty years with her French husband. Before writing books, she worked as a freelance journalist in Paris for many years, contributing articles on business and lifestyle to the International Herald Tribune (now the International New York Times), and working as a reporter in the Paris bureau of Time magazine for ten years.

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