Delphine Pontvieux was invited for a luncheon by the ladies of the Deerfield book club this past Thursday (September 30th) to discuss her novel “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest.”The conversation covered many topics related to her book, and the separatist group ETA in particular, as it’s been making headlines in the US and international press over the past month when the group announced a permanent cease-fire to the Spanish government (see Basque country news category on this blog to read more on the issue). Other subjects were discussed as well, such as Basque cuisine and wine, tourism in the Basque country and the Pyrenees, and of course, the book characters’ personalities and their actions were discussed at length.A note from the host of the Deerfield book club:“thank you again for coming to our book club and entertaining us with your rich history of the Basque area and all the research you did for ETA. An amazing first novel and I am sure there are more to come. You are an amazing talent in so many areas. My friends were also enamored with you.”Are you part of a book club? Or do you feel like gathering together with your friends some day and do something different for a change of pace?We encourage you to choose/propose “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest” as your next pick. And should you want to discuss the novel with the author herself, please contact us at missnyetATmissnyet.com to make proper arrangements.
DELPHINE PONTVIEUX is the featured author in this month’s edition of ijustfinished.com.
Read the interview here: http://www.ijustfinished.com/author/delphine_pontvieux/168/
A great feature on this website is you are encouraged to ask her your own questions. So go ahead, ask away!
Book review by the editor:
I had a certain expectation when I picked this book or any book of this genre. I thought that it would be one of those stories that wraps itself around the lead character blowing up things and people followed by maybe a love interest concluding with climatic big bang ending. I was glad that I was wrong.
ETA is not just another shoot’em up story line. This book gives you the opportunity to get involved with the main character but also get attached to the people around him. You don’t get caught up in just “his” story. This book gets you deep into the lives of Faustine and her family, as well as giving you an understanding of Lartaun’s life leading up to this moment. You can empathize with people’s need to fight for their freedom and understand the conflict of trying, on an individual level as well as a mass level, to right the wrongs and what steps to take.
It keeps you captivated till the very end. Brilliant book!
I was forwarded this fun and original video from a friend, and thought I would share it with you.
Take a look at it and you will get to (re)discover the landscapes, cities and villages that make Euskal Herria, the Basque country, such a beautiful country, with its colorful and diverse culture.
It sure made me want to go back and check out the places I have not had the chance to visit yet!