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 reside with Gloria within the Republic of Georgia: Gloria ran to the positioning of a teach coincidence the place she discovered an injured lady who requested Gloria to take her child. the girl, 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 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'll locate refuge. in the course of their five-year trip around the Caucasus and Europe as they come across different refugees looking for a greater existence, Blaise grows from a boy into a teenager. despite the fact that, it’s basically 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 fantastically 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. … even though Blaise narrates this wonderfully translated novel, Gloria's voice will lengthy resonate.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“An mesmerizing novel that combines grand storytelling with an unflinching examine the tough realities of poverty.”—Junior Library Guild
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Someone who doesn’t drink alcohol. ” he asks distrustfully. “Yes, Chief! ” From that day on, Gloria abandons her job on the mountain. Behind the wheel of the truck, she jerks along the road full of potholes as she makes her way between the unloading zone and the factory. She’s happy and so am I. When I see her not far from the spot where I sort things with the Betov family, I stand up and wave to her. ” Gloria honks three times and flashes her lights. All the pickers of nickel are startled, and Stambek laughs like a madman until his father slaps his head.
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. Her face is deathly pale.
It looks like a dance. “Uugh,” Emil sighs. “It’s too easy! ” “We should ask Sergei,” I say. We all agree. Sergei is the only one who would know how to fight against Abdelmalik. But we’re too afraid to ask him. On some days old Mrs. Hanska gives us lessons. She boasts that she was once headmistress of a school for young girls. We don’t really know what that means, but the way she swells her chest when she says it makes her look important. According to her, this qualifies her to teach us the essentials.