Shadows of a Childhood: A Novel of War and Friendshipby Elisabeth Gille, Linda Coverdale (Translator)
A "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) and "unforgettable" (Kirkus Reviews) novel of war and friendship. Praised by the New York Times as "unsettling and uncompromising," this winner of France's 1997 Grand Prix des Lectrices is a fictionalized account of one individual's -- and one country's -- coming to terms with World War II. Léa and Benedicte are five and seven when they are hidden together in a convent in Bordeaux in the 1940s. They become inseparable, sharing everything except the secrets of their parents' disappearances. After the war, Benedicte's world returns to normal while Léa, marked by childhood memories she cannot escape, undertakes a devastating search for the truth. Hailed as a "novel of understated grace and enormous power" by Library Journal, this is a book destined to take its place alongside The Diary of Anne Frank.
"One of those rare books that captivates you from the very first page and haunt[s] you long after you’ve finished." —ELLE
"A holocaust story of uncompromising psychological depth." —The Baltimore Sun
"A novel of . . . enormous power." —Library Journal
"Shadows of a Childhood moves us not only with the story of a little Jewish girl exiled from one milieu to another, from one life to another, but also through the sober delicacy with which this tale is told." —Elie Wiesel
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Meet the Author
The daughter of Irène Némirovsky and one of France’s leading literary editors, Elisabeth Gille (1937–1996), wrote three novels, of which Shadows of a Childhood was the first to appear in English.
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