By Anne-Laure Bondoux
Political issues 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 concerns which are either well timed and universal.
Blaise Fortune, sometimes called Koumaïl, loves listening to the tale of ways he got here to stay with Gloria within the Republic of Georgia: Gloria ran to the positioning of a teach coincidence the place she came upon an injured lady who requested Gloria to take her child. the girl, Gloria says, was once French, and the newborn was once Blaise.
whilst 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 means westward strolling, heading towards France, the place Gloria says they're going to locate shelter. 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 youngster. even though, it’s purely as a tender guy can Blaise try and untangle his identity.
Bondoux’s heartbreaking story of exile, sacrifice, desire, 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 studies, 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. … 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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Emil yells to our hero. ” Abdelmalik pounds on Sergei, following the advice. With three well-landed blows he sends the old man down and two of his teeth fly away. A last blow and creepy Sergei collapses on the wet cobblestones, his body broken. A silence as dense as a cloud of fog hangs over the courtyard. Abdelmalik stands up, proud and magnificent, ready to fight some more. But it’s over. The drunk crawls toward the canopy. He drools, he groans in shame. That very evening rumor spreads that Sergei is gone, that he packed his belongings and that we won’t ever see him again.
It is invisible and slips into everything. If you don’t fight against it, it nibbles at your soul. But how do you know you’ve caught a despair if you can’t even see it? I wonder. What do you do if even the razor can’t get rid of it? Gloria holds me tight against her chest when I ask her about this. She explains that she has a cure. ” chapter three THE Complex is a group of three buildings that form a U around a courtyard. Gloria and I have a room on the second floor. I can take six steps from one wall to another, going around the wood-burning stove.
I’m too fat to climb, but you can take a look, Koumaïl,” she says. I put my bag on the ground and jump up to grab the edge of the bin. ” Gloria advises me. ” I can’t believe what I see in the bin! I jump down with a large piece of meat—flank steak, I think—and pastries dripping with honey, which we put in a cardboard box that we happen to find. ” I say, my mouth watering. Gloria winks at me. “The cook in the restaurant is a friend of mine,” she tells me. “We have a deal. ” In the evening I ask Emil and Baksa to meet me in the staircase.