“Vivid descriptions of Quebec are filled with the colors, architecture, music, and tastes of a city that captured her heart….in this combination travelogue/emotional journey….Forrest brings readers along as she confronts her lifelong anxieties, builds fluency in French, and establishes new, lasting friendships among an international assortment of students….Engaging, beautiful imagery….”
– Kirkus Reviews
The Girl on the Belvedere: Finding Meaning Through Travel, Friendship, and French is the memoir of Cheryl Y. Forrest, born into a typical post-World War II home in Oklahoma. It is the story of a difficult childhood, and the life-long effect of growing up in the world of ballet. It is also the story of finding oneself after marriage and children, and a tale of searching for meaning in the events of life, whether everyday or extraordinary.