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 matters 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 location of a educate coincidence the place she came across an injured girl who requested Gloria to take her child. the girl, Gloria says, was once French, and the infant was once Blaise.
whilst Blaise turns seven years outdated, the Soviet Union collapses, and it’s then that Gloria makes a decision she and Blaise needs to flee. They make their approach westward walking, heading towards France, the place Gloria says they are going to locate shelter. 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 young person. even though, it’s basically as a tender guy can Blaise try to untangle his identity.
Bondoux’s heartbreaking story of exile, sacrifice, desire, and survival is a narrative of final love.
“A fantastically cadenced tribute to maternal love and the ability of reports amid modern political chaos.”—Kirkus stories, 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. … 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 cruel realities of poverty.”—Junior Library Guild
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We’re compressed in the middle of a wet crowd; unfamiliar faces, tired and mute, shake around us in rhythm with the chaos. I think of the train I was on with my mother when it derailed. Gloria and I get off at the end of the line, in a neighborhood totally different from ours, with large boulevards, stores, sidewalk vendors, and advertising posters on top of buildings. I look around as Gloria drags me at a quick pace toward the entrance of the largest store. I manage to read the sign: Kopeckochka.
Refugees—Fiction. 2. War—Fiction. 3. Secrets—Fiction. 4. Survival—Fiction. 5. Caucasus—History—20th century—Fiction. 6. ] I. Maudet, Y. II. Title. B63696Ti 2010 [Fic]—dc22 2010008539 Random House Children’s Books supports the First Amendment and celebrates the right to read. 1 For my mother Contents Cover Other Books by This Author Title Page Copyright Dedication Map Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapter Five Chapter Six Chapter Seven Chapter Eight Chapter Nine Chapter Ten Chapter Eleven Chapter Twelve Chapter Thirteen Chapter Fourteen Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Chapter Eighteen Chapter Nineteen Chapter Twenty Chapter Twenty-One Chapter Twenty-Two Chapter Twenty-Three Chapter Twenty-Four Chapter Twenty-Five Chapter Twenty-Six Chapter Twenty-Seven Chapter Twenty-Eight Chapter Twenty-Nine Chapter Thirty Chapter Thirty-One Chapter Thirty-Two Chapter Thirty-Three Chapter Thirty-Four Chapter Thirty-Five Chapter Thirty-Six Chapter Thirty-Seven Chapter Thirty-Eight Chapter Thirty-Nine Chapter Forty Chapter Forty-One Chapter Forty-Two Chapter Forty-Three Chapter Forty-Four Chapter Forty-Five Chapter Forty-Six Chapter Forty-Seven Chapter Forty-Eight Chapter Forty-Nine About the Author Koumail’s Journey 1.
I shout in a high-pitched voice, trying to imitate a French accent. Helpmehelpme! “Exactly. ” I laugh, looking at Gloria. “You were as thin as a nail back then. ” Gloria pinches my cheek. She makes believe she’s annoyed with me, but I know she’s teasing. “It’s true that I have put on weight, Monsieur Blaise. But let’s forget that for now. I slipped into the car and I crawled between the torn seats to the woman. She had rolled herself into a ball in a corner. ” From this point on I never interrupt Gloria.
A Time of Miracles by Anne-Laure Bondoux