Transgression

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How can love survive a brutal time?

In 1946 in North America, a child makes a grisly find in a deserted field—a discovery that opens a shuttered window on a secret dating back to the beginning of the turbulent decade.

In 1941 in occupied France, Adele Georges's fruitless attempts to learn the whereabouts of her father, captured by the Nazis, lead her to a lonely young German soldier far from home. A spark between them becomes a fire—and a ...

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Overview

How can love survive a brutal time?

In 1946 in North America, a child makes a grisly find in a deserted field—a discovery that opens a shuttered window on a secret dating back to the beginning of the turbulent decade.

In 1941 in occupied France, Adele Georges's fruitless attempts to learn the whereabouts of her father, captured by the Nazis, lead her to a lonely young German soldier far from home. A spark between them becomes a fire—and a dangerous love affair blooms across enemy lines, dooming Adele to a grim postwar existence as a despised outcast, one of the infamous "horizontal collaborators." Ostracized, tortured, tormented, she chooses a desperate escape, accompanying a war-damaged yet optimistic Allied soldier across an ocean to a new land. But there is no refuge from the past, as Adele's broken heart and shameful secret drive her deeper into despair...and toward a shocking outcome.

Part mystery and part love story—an unforgettable and beautifully written novel of secrets, passions, and consequences—Transgression is an exceptional work of power and strange beauty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061782312
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 345
  • Sales rank: 873,982
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

James W. Nichol is the author of Midnight Cab, which was short-listed for the UK's prestigious Gold Dagger Award and which won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. He lives in Stratford, Ontario.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Loved this book. You need to read...

    The story of love and war and all the complications with the characters coming from two different worlds. i liked the writing style and the structure of the novel as well.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

    Spellbinging to the point of reading continuously while able without other reading diversions until finished. I am a slow reader, but read the book in three days.

    The book is not only plausable in its World War two setting, but very easily could be a biography of the unfortunate souls innocently caught up in that time and place. The characters and their inter action would indicate an author steeped in the history of people in France, Germany, and Western Europe during World War Two. What happened during and after with the losses,unwitting mistakes and fear, of the protagonists and the resulting hate and prejudice with no tolerance for individual circumstance is frightening. This is a compelling book written with simple tension that never lets up. There is a side by side story in Canada alternating from the aforementioned that melts together for an unsusoecting and thrilling ending that captures the heart. There are books with prestigious reviews from renowned authors that cannot hold a candle to this book!

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    exciting historical thriller

    In 1941 Vichy France, Adele Georges seeks her beloved missing father who encouraged her imagination. The last place she knows of news of her pere who served in the medical corps was in Arras; so she goes to the Wehrmacht run Domestic Population of Information Bureau in nearby Rouen seeking help. German clerk Manfred Halder tries to assist her.

    For the next three years Adele and Manfred hide their love affair from her family who would gladly slit his throat and the Gestapo who would gladly slit his throat. The Allied invasion starting with D-Day brings fresh hope to occupied France except for Adele. Her family, neighbors and former friends loathe her as a "horizontal collaborator" while her beloved has been shipped to the Eastern front for being a co horizontal collaborator. After the hostilities end, Adele searches for her Manfred amidst the ruins of Europe, which leads to Paris, Ontario. There a severed human finger and its rotted corpse are uncovered leading to police chief Jack Cullen investigating a murder case that takes him to Adele married to Canadian veteran Alex Wells.

    This exciting historical thriller contains two terrific subplots (in Europe during WWII and in Canada just after the war) that merge through Adele. The story line is haunting as issues of what is a transgression arise. Although the climax feels shortened and abrupt, readers will highly regard this look back at the 1940s through the "dreamy" eyes of a French exile.

    Harriet Klausner

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