REVIEW: "Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog,” by Jamie Ivey

  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 3:30 PM
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Jamie Ivey, author of "Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog"

Jamie Ivey did what many midlife careerists dream of. The London lawyer and his wife chucked their old lives and moved to the south of France, where they built a new life selling wine and settling into a town in Provence. There he learns about the mysterious truffle market and the even more mysterious ways of building a new home in an area bound by many unwritten rules.

Ivey’s account of the travails of buying land and dealing with contractors bears a strong resemblance to the work of another British ex-pat in the south of France, Peter Mayle (“A Year in Provence,” etc.). In a writing contest, Mayle wins. But Ivey’s story comes into its own when he buys a truffle-hunting dog and sets out to hunt the aromatic treasure. First, though, he discovers that he must solve yet another puzzle of his new life in Provence: how to get a truffle-hunting dog to like truffles.

This book is a satisfying summer read, letting readers live Ivey’s expatriate experience from a safe distance. We see that it may not be as easy as we’d hope to find a community of friends in a new land, but that perseverance and good humor can help some dreams come true.

MAUREEN MCCARTHY

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