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Jamie Ivey, author of "Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog"

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"Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog," by Jamie Ivey

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TEN TREES AND A TRUFFLE DOG

By: Jamie Ivey.

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, 288 pages, $24.95.

Review: Reminiscent of “A Year in Provence,” this memoir about moving to France and starting over is a satisfying summer read.

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

  • July 27, 2013 - 3:30 PM

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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