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Title:A Thread of Grace
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Publisher:Ballantine Books
ISBN:0449004139
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Number of Pages:442
Category:Historical fiction, Fiction, Italy, World war ii, Historical, War

A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Thread of Grace 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 i The Sparrow i and i Children of God i .

It is September 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 i A Thread of Grace i is an ambitious engrossing novel of ideas history and marvelous characters that will please Russell s many fans and earn her even more

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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 i The Sparrow i and i Children of God i br br It is September 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 br br 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 br br The result of five years of meticulous research i A Thread of Grace i is an ambitious engrossing novel of ideas history and marvelous characters that will please Russell s many fans and earn her even more, I suppose I ought to warn you at the outset that my present circumstances are puzzling even to me Nevertheless I am sure of this much My little story has become your history You won t really understand your times until you understand mine So begins the account of Agnes Shanklin the charmingly diffident narrator of i Dreamers of the Day i And what is Miss Shanklin s little story Nothing less than the creation of the modern Middle East at the Cairo Peace Conference where Winston Churchill T E Lawrence and Lady Gertrude Bell met to decide the fate of the Arab world and of our own br A forty year old schoolteacher from Ohio Agnes has come into a modest inheritance that allows her to take the trip of a lifetime to Egypt Arriving at the Semiramis Hotel just as the Peace Conference convenes Agnes enters into the company of the historic luminaries who will in the space of a few days at a hotel in Cairo invent the nations of Iraq Syria Lebanon Israel and Jordan As Agnes observes the tumultuous inner workings of nation building she is drawn more and more deeply into geopolitical intrigue and toward a personal awakening br With graceful and effortless prose Mary Doria Russell illuminates the long rich history of the Middle East through a story that brilliantly elucidates today s headlines i Dreamers of the Day i is a memorable and passionate novel, Mary Doria Russell the bestselling award winning author of The Sparrow makes her Ecco debut with Epitaph an American Iliad this richly detailed and meticulously researched historical novel continues the story she began in Doc following Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday to Tombstone Arizona and to the gunfight at the O K Corral br br A deeply divided nation Vicious politics A shamelessly partisan media A president loathed by half the populace Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands br br That was America in br br All those forces came to bear on the afternoon of October th when Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone Arizona It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt br br Wyatt Earp was the last man standing the only one unscathed The lies began before the smoke cleared but the gunfight at the O K Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West br br Epitaph tells Wyatt s real story unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under years of mythology misrepresentation and sheer indifference to fact Epic and intimate this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed 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