This month’s focus on the upcoming Writing Detail and Description teleseminar and coaching program prompted my interest in bestselling author Thad Carhart’s recent memoir, Finding Fontainebleau. Best known for his 2001 memoir, The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, Carhart’s latest work suggests similarly beautiful descriptive writing about his experiences in and memories of France.
Finding Fontainebleau weaves several narrative threads into a cohesive whole. He writes about his life in France as a young boy in the 1950s, his experience returning to France with his wife and two children, and the history of Fontainebleau, itself.
This BookPage review of the book specifically mentions Carhart’s use of details when it says, “Throughout, Carhart turns his observant eye on small, sometimes odd-seeming details—the once-ubiquitous Turkish toilets in cafes, the uniquely French method of taking household inventory, French cars of the 1950s. These lovely digressions, along with Carhart’s own family’s story, illuminate French culture in an appealing way.”
Doesn’t that sound delightful? If you read this memoir, please let me know what you think of the book’s use of detail and description in the comments below. Happy reading!