Mme Proust

Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen

“Magnificent… Like Michael Cunningham in his prizewinning The Hours, Taylor adopts a tripartite structure to show how events in a writer’s life and themes in his work have resonance for subsequent generations. Taylor’s is, however, much the richer, subtler and less deterministic… truly inspired”
— The Times (London)

Inspired both by my affection for the French novelist Marcel Proust and a bilingual education, my 2003 novel weaves together the stories of three women that span the 20th century. One is a diary written by Proust’s mother in turn-of-the-century Paris; another is the story of Sarah Bensimon, a Jewish refugee who immigrates from France to Canada during the Second World War and the third is that of Marie Prevost, a contemporary Montrealer and translator who ties these strands together.

Madame Proust and the Kosher Kitchen won The Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book (Canada/Caribbean region), the Toronto Book Award and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction in 2004.

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