Joanne Harris, part French and part English, found the inspiration for her novel CHOCOLAT in her own family history and folklore --- herself having lived in a sweet-shop and being the great-granddaughter of a Frenchwoman known locally as a witch and a healer who once disguised herself as an apparition of the Virgin Mary to shock the local priest. Harris, who studied at St. Catharine's College in Cambridge where she received a BA and an MA in French and German, teaches French in an English school and lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and daughter.
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to go back to Lansquenet, where she opened a chocolate shop eight years ago. But she finds the once-beautiful French village changed in unexpected ways. Most surprising of all, her old nemesis, Father Francis Reynaud, desperately needs her help. Can Vianne work her magic once again?