A Long Way From Paris
A Long Way From Paris, a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, is a story of personal transformation in the snowy mountains of the South of France.
“Riveting,” say reviewers. In this searing, authentic memoir, Elizabeth is hired to herd goats on a remote mountain farm in the South of France. Without heat, running water, or even a good grasp of French, she carves out a new life for herself. Jumping into farm life cheerfully, Murray quickly learned to make cheese, birth calves and survive on one bath a week. With compassion and candor, she vividly paints the strong personalities she encounters.
The realities of farm life may bring tears to readers’ eyes, but readers will also laugh at comical truffle hunting antics, and relish the descriptions of simple Christmas festivities. This rich, lucid memoir traces Elizabeth’s metamorphosis from a privileged preppie to a hardworking farmhand who protects her goats through raging blizzards.
“Murray writes with grace and humor…A welcome memoir of France that offers a complex mosaic of memories.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Murray is both a sharp observer of the local color and a cartographer of her own internal geography, making A Long Way from Paris as richly textured as fromage de chèvre.” -- Langdon Cook, winner of the 2014 Washington State Book Award
“She beautifully explores her deep awareness of the land, an unfolding appreciation of hard work and the importance of family. The result is a fascinating journey filled with wisdom, grace and compassion.” -- Carlene Cross, author of The Undying West
“EC Murray brings the reader to the haunting, godforsaken beauty of the French Pyrenees…living a life stripped down to the basics, her senses, intuition, and heart must take over. It is a thoughtful, heartwarming journey…that leads…to the core of life.” -- Beth Corcoran, Lévis-Lauzon College
E.C. Murray (Elizabeth Corcoran Murray) is the author of A Long Way From Paris, a Kirkus Best Book of 2014, and of Life Kind of Sucks, a tiny book of ideas for rough patches in life. Her short story, "The Urban Goatherd," was nominated for a Pushcart award and received honorable mention by New Millennium Writings. Her work has been published in Hybrid Mom, Strokes and Spokes, ABILITY, Peninsula Gateway, Tacoma Weekly, and Seattle Child. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Elizabeth now lives on an island in Washington with photographer Paul Murray, their daughter, and a frisky cat. She is the founder of The Writers Connection and teaches writing at Tacoma Community College and Seattle Central Community.