A Thread of Grace

A Thread of Grace

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This new novel takes place during the dramatic finale of World War II in Italy and is the first in seven years by bestselling author The Sparrow and Children of God .

It is September 8, 1943 and fourteen year old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees who crawl across the Alps to Italy, where they hope to finally be safe after the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful as it becomes an open battlefield overnight between Nazis, allies, resistance fighters, hidden Jews and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive.

Against this dramatic backdrop, Mary Doria Russell writes her first historical novel and traces the lives of a handful of fascinating characters. Through her he tells the little known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of 43,000 Jews in the final stages of the war. The result of five years of painstaking research is A Thread of Grace an ambitious and engaging novel filled with wonderful ideas, story and characters that will delight and win many Russell fans.

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