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Juicy Tales Antoine Laurain’s Vintage 1954… It Was An Intriguing Year

Sonoma County CA. ~ WINE-BLOG REVIEW: From the moment I touched the book, it was immediate love… Te smell and feel of its pages… A tender, Parisienne SciFi, stepping back through a 1950’s portal… all because of a bottle of wine, the right circumstances, and four char- acters… Every detail of 50’s in this story, and today’s modern times, are found within its pages. Tere are two realities; or, existentially are they? It’s for the readers to discover. Antoine Laurain has written a very alluring novel, that I will be reading again, just for the fun of it. My eyes were de- vouring word candy.

Sharing Press Release Tis captures the heart and soul of Vintage 1954.

Antoine Laurain has capti- vated American readers with charming books that combine a philosophical idea with an upliſting narrative. Each of his books are like a good fable that leave the reader with some- thing to ponder. Laurain’s new novel Vin-

tage 1954 features a charming quartet of protagonists, a fabu- lous bottle of wine, vineyards, a love story and ofeat time travel. It is set in the nostalgic Paris of everyone’s imagina-

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” ~ Horace UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • March 2019 • Pg 21

tion — when Paris was truly the style and cultural capital of Europe and the epitome of utter Frenchness. When Hubert

Larnaudie gets locked in the cellar

of an

old apartment building that’s been in his fam- ily for genera- tions, he cele- brates his rescue by opening an exceptional bot- tle of 1954 Beau- jolais with his new friends, a ceramics restorer, a bartender,

and a tourist from Milwaukee. Tey have no idea that this batch of wine has special proper- ties. One sip and the next morning they wake up are find themselves in Paris in 1954. How are they go- ing to get back and what will they learn in the process? Aſter their ini-

tial shock, the city of Edith Piaf and ‘An American in

Paris’ begins to work its charm on them. Te four delight in

getting to know the French capital during this iconic pe- riod, whilst also playing with the possibilities that time travel allows. But, ultimately, they need to work out how to get back to their own lives. And the key lies in a legend-

Two shepherds lean on their crooks at the end of a long day and the first asks the second, “So, how’s it going?”

The second one sighed and shook his head, “Not good, I can’t pay my bills, my health isn’t good, my kids don’t respect me, and my wife is leaving me.”

The first replied, “Well, don’t lose any sheep over it.” ~

A teacher asked her stu- dents to use the word “beans” in a sentence.

“My father grows beans,” said one girl.

“My mother cooks beans,” said a boy.

A third student spoke up, ...continued on page 22 “We are all human beans.”

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