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A Time of Miracles

by Anne-Laure Bondoux
Translated by Y. Maudet (from the French)

Published by U.S. edition: Delacorte Press, 2010
180 pages
ISBN: 978-0-385-73922-1

Age 13 and older

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The emergence of nationalism in former Soviet states following the fall of communism has left Blaise Fortune and Gloria, the woman who has raised him since infancy, in constant search of a safe haven in the Caucasus. Their ultimate goal is France, where Blaise was born. Gloria has told the story of finding Blaise in the wreckage of a sabotaged train over and over again: she took the baby from a badly injured French woman who told her the child’s name. Blaise believes every breath of it, including the possibility of a mother still alive in France. Gloria has done everything possible to give Blaise a childhood, preserving his sense of hope, possibility, and wonder, and as he and Gloria are buffeted by political turmoil and violence, he never loses faith in her. Then she finally figures out a way to get him to France, and from the moment he arrives, the story that has defined him becomes more and more impossible to believe. As Blaise moves through adolescence into young adulthood, the truth about his past becomes clear and with it comes a sense of betrayal. A beautiful, heartbreaking novel from French author Anne-Laure Bondoux raises many questions as it explores complex political and emotional landscapes, but ultimately never doubts the power of love. (MS) ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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