By Anne-Laure Bondoux
Political problems and civil unrest strength a girl and younger boy to escape their war-torn kingdom looking for a secure haven during this award-winning novel that speaks to concerns which are either well timed and universal.
Blaise Fortune, often referred to as Koumaïl, loves listening to the tale of ways he got here to stay with Gloria within the Republic of Georgia: Gloria ran to the location of a educate coincidence the place she stumbled on an injured lady who requested Gloria to take her child. the girl, Gloria says, was once French, and the child was once Blaise.
whilst Blaise turns seven years previous, the Soviet Union collapses, and it’s then that Gloria makes a decision she and Blaise needs to flee. They make their means westward taking walks, heading towards France, the place Gloria says they'll locate refuge. in the course of their five-year trip around the Caucasus and Europe as they come across different refugees trying to find a greater lifestyles, Blaise grows from a boy into a young person. notwithstanding, it’s purely as a tender guy can Blaise try and untangle his identity.
Bondoux’s heartbreaking story of exile, sacrifice, wish, and survival is a narrative of final love.
“A superbly cadenced tribute to maternal love and the facility of reports amid modern political chaos.”—Kirkus reports, Starred Review
“The [Blaise and Gloria] make a deadly, five-year trip westward via war-torn territory, encountering a memorable entourage of fellow refugees with poignant tales in their personal. … although Blaise narrates this wonderfully translated novel, Gloria's voice will lengthy resonate.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“An spell binding novel that combines grand storytelling with an unflinching examine the tough realities of poverty.”—Junior Library Guild
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I can’t get up. I can’t do anything. Gloria can’t stop working, otherwise we won’t have any money. So Mr. Betov asks his daughters Suki and Maya to take turns watching me while Gloria drives the truck. “We are a large family and yours is small,” Mr. Betov says.
At noon she doesn’t mingle with the fruit pickers the way she usually does. She needs to walk and think. Besides, she isn’t hungry. She takes off along the railroad tracks. When she turns around, Zemzem is there, behind her. “I saw you take off without bringing any water,” he says. ” He hands her his flask. ” Gloria suddenly sits down on one of the railroad ties. She feels dizzy. ” Zemzem smiles. ” Gloria takes the water. Her cheeks are burning. “I saw you working,” Zemzem goes on. “Very impressive!
I walk like a robot to our shed and go to sleep without eating, without even a cup of tea, my cheek on my lambskin blanket. I dream about Gloria Bohème’s five brothers. I see their faces, all dirty because of the war. I see Fotia’s and Oleg’s bleeding shoulders. Anatoly’s broken eyeglasses. Iefrem’s curly hair, stiffened by mud. And Dobromir, sitting astride a cannon, with his invincible, angelic smile. In the middle of the night Gloria’s coughing wakes me up. The dog is barking and scolding in her chest.
A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux