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 matters 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 twist of fate the place she discovered an injured lady who requested Gloria to take her child. the lady, Gloria says, used to be French, and the newborn was once Blaise.
while 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 approach westward strolling, 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 stumble upon different refugees trying to find a greater existence, Blaise grows from a boy into a young person. in spite of the fact that, it’s in simple terms as a tender guy can Blaise try to 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 ability of reports amid modern political chaos.”—Kirkus reports, Starred Review
“The [Blaise and Gloria] make a dangerous, 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 enthralling novel that combines grand storytelling with an unflinching examine the tough realities of poverty.”—Junior Library Guild
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I promise him that I will, and for a while we dream about incredible desserts overflowing with cream and stuffed with chocolate. It’s one of the best moments of my life, to be seated in the staircase, my fingers all sticky, and my friends smiling from ear to ear; a moment when we forget about the war and the worries that come with it. That night, as I sleep like a sated bear, Gloria pulls me out of the blankets. Her face is deathly pale. In the courtyard someone is ringing the bell like crazy.
The Complex is now silent. “Go to sleep, little miracle,” Gloria whispers to me in the pitch-darkness. ” chapter six THERE are all sorts of people in the Complex, including peasants who’ve been driven off their farms because of land requisitions, laborers who’ve lost their jobs, old people who’ve gone soft in the head, sailors without ships, women without husbands, deserters, a meditating monk, and Miss Talia, who used to sing at the opera. There is also Abdelmalik, a tall black teenager. Abdelmalik lives right next to Emil, in the garbage shed near the Complex.
No. ” I take my green atlas. ” I press her. “When the people are exhausted, I guess. When there are no fighters left. But it could go on for a long time because there are many of us. ” Gloria bolts up. “Good Lord, surely not! ” I walk around our room in circles and rub my arms to keep warm. ” I think out loud. “People think that I’m Russian and that my name is Koumaïl. ” Gloria is positive about that. When she takes a close look at me, when she pushes aside some of my darker hair, she says she sees pale highlights.