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By Anne-Laure Bondoux

Political problems and civil unrest strength a girl and younger boy to escape their war-torn state looking for a secure haven during this award-winning novel that speaks to concerns which are either well timed and universal.
Blaise Fortune, sometimes called Koumaïl, loves listening to the tale of the way he got here to dwell with Gloria within the Republic of Georgia: Gloria ran to the positioning of a teach twist of fate the place she chanced on an injured girl who requested Gloria to take her child. the girl, Gloria says, was once French, and the infant was once Blaise.
while Blaise turns seven years outdated, the Soviet Union collapses, and it’s then that Gloria comes to a decision she and Blaise needs to flee. They make their method westward taking walks, heading towards France, the place Gloria says they are going to locate refuge. in the course of their five-year trip around the Caucasus and Europe as they stumble upon different refugees looking for a greater lifestyles, Blaise grows from a boy into a young person. in spite of the fact that, it’s in basic terms 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 ability of news amid modern political chaos.”—Kirkus stories, 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. … notwithstanding Blaise narrates this wonderfully translated novel, Gloria's voice will lengthy resonate.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“An captivating novel that combines grand storytelling with an unflinching examine the tough realities of poverty.”—Junior Library Guild

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It’s total bliss. Emil sighs. “Next time ask your friend to leave you some loukoums,” he says. ” 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.

The small valleys powdered with frost, the thick pine trees, the road that disappears in the distance. The fugitives have all dispersed. I can see only a few tired silhouettes and a family that follows a cart. I am cold and hungry, as usual. I would like to know why the militia is after us, why we don’t have the right to stay in the same place a long time. I often ask Gloria about it, but her only answer is that the world is full of mysteries, take it or leave it. The only thing that comforts me is knowing that one day I will go to France.

After a while I jump up. ” I cry. ” Gloria says, retrieving the burned pancakes. I make a face. ” I say. “Tsk, tsk, tsk! ” I sit on the floor, on top of the tarp that we found and use as a rug. We smile at each other as we chew our burned dinner. Sometimes I have the feeling that my heart is directly linked to Gloria’s. ” “Of course, Monsieur Blaise! And don’t forget your real mother. ” I nod to make her happy. But as hard as I try to imagine Jeanne Fortune’s frail figure and pale face, I can’t see my mother as other than tall, with dark hair and red cheeks, and a little on the heavy side.

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