By Anne-Laure Bondoux

Political problems and civil unrest strength a lady 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, 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 location of a educate twist of fate the place she came across an injured lady who requested Gloria to take her child. the lady, Gloria says, was once French, and the infant was once Blaise.
whilst Blaise turns seven years previous, the Soviet Union collapses, and it’s then that Gloria makes a decision she and Blaise needs to flee. They make their method westward taking walks, 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 come upon different refugees looking for a greater existence, Blaise grows from a boy into a teenager. even if, it’s merely 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 facility of reports amid modern political chaos.”—Kirkus reports, 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 tough realities of poverty.”—Junior Library Guild

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I can just make out Old Max, Kouzma, Jalal, and Nasir, our lookout team. They’re armed with shovels and hammers, and they protect our escape by barring the street. I can hear noise farther away, along with shouts and the thumping of boots. ” someone whispers. In an instant the Complex is empty. Like a disorderly stream, we flee toward the shore of the Psezkaya River. Gloria is crushing my fingers. She moves her stout body as fast as she can, while I try to make myself light, as if I hardly exist.

A fire lights up in Gloria’s eyes. “Hold on, you’re going too fast. ” I take hold of one of her hands and keep quiet. I listen to my story. In the right order. chapter four OLD Vassili has a long, tapered mustache and wears a pair of suspenders solidly attached to his pants. When he smiles, his mustache tickles his ears, and when he raises his arms to the sky, the suspenders pull up his pants so high that you can see his hairy calves. Vassili doesn’t smile often. Instead, several times a day, he raises his arms to the sky because life causes him so many worries.

At the end of the day I feel so tired that I don’t even count the coins that Chief gives me. I walk like a robot to our shed and go to sleep without eating, without even a cup of tea, my cheek on my lambskin blanket. I dream about Gloria Bohème’s five brothers. I see their faces, all dirty because of the war. I see Fotia’s and Oleg’s bleeding shoulders. Anatoly’s broken eyeglasses. Iefrem’s curly hair, stiffened by mud. And Dobromir, sitting astride a cannon, with his invincible, angelic smile.

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