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“A fun, rollicking tale with an enchanted setting, the kind of book you want to share with your dearest friends. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss this one!” Cassandra King, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts, Moonrise
Alyce flew 4,000 miles to learn French, sophistication and to win back her boyfriend. Enter the très different, exasperating Jean-Luc. Will opposites attract or attack?
Set in a total-immersion language school in the South of France, this novel inspired by true events is a lyrical tale of clashing cultures and the heartwarming changes that can grow out of a mismatched pair in the battle of the sexes. Comical fish-out-of-water moments collide with quick tempers, seducers and plenty of foodilicious fun. Also, painful confidences. How close will the seemingly superficial American woman and the famous, cultured French writer become? How will they change each other?
“Sparkles like fine champagne and makes you feel just as good. Opposites Attack feels like a Truffaut romantic comedy with a touch of Julie and Julia thrown in for good measure. Uncork and enjoy to the last drop.” – Richard Goodman, French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, A New York Memoir, The Soul of Creative Writing
Discussion Questions (Why not entice your book club to indulge in French wine and cheese while talking about these?)
- Do you think Alyce enjoyed herself too much or too little while on her adventure?
- How do food and cooking assist in the transformation of Alyce?
- How did each character’s childhood affect them as adults?
- What are your thoughts on a “marriage of convenience” or an arranged marriage?
- Jean-Luc eventually states that writing is “a commodity.” Do you see this a sign of positive growth or as an abandonment of artistic ideals?
- For most of the story, the author uses various means to conceal Collette’s true identity. How does knowing the truth change your perception of Jean-Luc?
- French is “the language of love.” How would Alyce’s experience have been different had she gone to a different country and learned another language?
- With which character do you most identify, and why?
- Opposites Attack has a number of themes—non-traditional family, culture shock, odd-couple romance, and more. What do you think is the most important one?