I wrote an entire guest post about my love for oranges. Actually, I wrote two. In those posts, I mention how I’ve purchased books based purely on the title containing the word “orange”. For Instance, I purchased Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit before realizing it was by one of my favorite authors, Jeannette Winterson. It turned out to be an excellent read.
My luck held out again this week. I picked up Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris. I couldn’t put it down. This is one of the best books I’ve read all year. It is sensual and dark historical fiction, full of betrayals and secrets, where oranges are used as weapons instead of food. I didn’t recognize the author’s name when I picked up the book. Joanne Harris is the same author who wrote Chocolat. Chocolat was turned into a movie starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp and happens to be one my all-time favorites (my husband’s too). Just one of those weird connections that reaffirms my faith in the power of a ripe, sweet orange.
Some people have lucky numbers. I have a lucky fruit.