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Amandine by Marlena de Blasi

By Marlena de Blasi

Marlena de Blasi, the acclaimed writer of such delectable memoirs as one thousand Days in Venice and That summer season in Sicily, now brings her luminous prose to the realm of fiction with this striking debut novel. Set opposed to the backdrop of Europe because it strikes inexorably towards international conflict II, Amandine follows a tender orphan’s trip looking for her heritage.

The tale opens in Krakow in 1931, as a child lady is conceived out of wedlock, the byproduct of a silly center and a sad inheritance. The child’s grandmother, a countess, believes that she is maintaining her daughter while she claims that the child didn’t live on. honestly, in spite of the fact that, she deposits the newborn at a distant convent within the French geographical region, leaving her with an exceptional amount of money and within the care of a tender governess named Solange.

Solange takes it upon herself to offer the kid a particular identify, Amandine, and the 2 shape a unique bond. yet even Solange’s unconditional love can't guard her cost. Mistrusted by means of either the abbess and the convent ladies, the surprisingly astute and curious Amandine unearths her early life full of demanding situations and questions: who's she? the place does she come from?

Eventually, Solange is pressured to select from the terrors of the convent and people of an international conflict looming outdoors its doorways. therefore, with a purseful of valueless francs and a sack of provisions, the 2 flee north towards Solange’s early life domestic. yet what must have been a two-day trip by way of teach turns into a deadly, years-long odyssey throughout Occupied France—and deeper into the treacheries of war.

Tracing the flight of Amandine and Solange whereas peering into the lives of the countess and her daughter, Amandine’s mom, who nonetheless mourns and goals of the kid she thinks she misplaced without end, Marlena de Blasi’s epic novel winds its means towards a dramatic and compelling end, as mom and daughter draw ever closer. Amandine is a luxurious story of id and survival, power wish and unforeseen love.(

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A few months later in January of 1949, Lt. Halvorsen thought of little Mercedes and Peter Zimmerman and all the children in Berlin as he flew out of Tempelhof for the very last time. It didn’t seem possible that his seven-month tour of duty in the Berlin Airlift had ended. He was sad to go, but as the clouds parted toward America he smiled, knowing his candy drops to the children would go on with the help of trusted pilot friends. What Lt. Halvorsen didn’t know that day, was that his story in Berlin wasn’t over....

Mercedes fed each chicken a worm and tried not to cry. She loved her four feathered pets, but Mama would not be happy. Eggs were more precious than gold in West Berlin during the Russian blockade. ” Walking up the bomb-splintered steps to her apartment, Mercedes was sure her white chickens were just too scared of the thundering planes of the airlift to lay their eggs. Night and day they roared overhead like huge silver birds into nearby Tempelhof Air Field to unload their supplies. But Mercedes would never complain about the great soaring grocery stores that everyone called Raisinbombers, because they carried yummy raisins to eat!

Every day, he rained down sweets on the children who cheered the planes landing on Tempelhof’s runway. As Mama read, Mercedes learned how the tall, friendly pilot had talked with these children one day at the fence near the runway’s end. “The children didn’t ask him for candy,” Mama read, “only sweet freedom. Still, before he had to go, he searched his pocket for gum. ” Mercedes asked. “He split the sticks for four lucky children,” Mama read, “and the others tore slivers of the foil to smell as their sweet treats.

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