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A Thread of Grace - Mary Doria Russell
A Thread of Grace
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Set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II, this new novel is the first in seven years by the bestselling author of The Sparrow and Children of God.It is September 8, 1943, and fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are... show more
Set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II, this new novel is the first in seven years by the bestselling author of The Sparrow and Children of God.It is September 8, 1943, and fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes overnight an open battleground among the Nazis, the Allies, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive.Mary Doria Russell sets her first historical novel against this dramatic background, tracing the lives of a handful of fascinating characters. Through them, she tells the little-known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of forty-three thousand Jews during the war’s final phase. The result of five years of meticulous research, A Thread of Grace is an ambitious, engrossing novel of ideas, history, and marvelous characters that will please Russell’s many fans and earn her even more.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780449004135 (0449004139)
ASIN: 449004139
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 442
Edition language: English
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Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story rated it
4.0 A Thread of Grace
Somehow, although it has the distinctly terrestrial setting of nothern Italy during WWII, this book fits right in with Russell's previous work. I enjoyed her previous 2 novels, and I enjoyed this one. It's well-written. But you need to be prepared for similar situations. Mostly good people stuck...
altheaann
altheaann rated it
One really could never accuse Mary Doria Russell of not being diverse as a writer. I first read her science-fiction duology “The Sparrow/Children of God;” which explores issues of culture and religion through the story of a Jesuit first-contact space mission. Then I read “Doc,” an historical Western...
Valz
Valz rated it
5.0 A Thread of Grace
Set in northern Italy at the very end of the second world war, this story will remain with you for years. Without being judgmental, Ms. Russell delves into the good and the bad in all of us. One of my absolute favorite books, it is deeply moving, and beautifully written. I learned a lot of history i...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 A Thread of Grace
Because I read this a very long time ago, I really cannot write a thorough review, other than to say that the author has done an admirable job of drawing the characters who, while living through the time of the Holocaust, in spite of awful conditions of horror and deprivation, often managed to hang ...
Eccentric Musings (jakaEM)
Eccentric Musings (jakaEM) rated it
3.0
**review in a bit, after some allergy meds and sleep**
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