Fault Lines

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McArthur, 2007 - Domestic fiction - 308 pages
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Sol is a gifted but also terrifying six year old; his mother believes he is destined for greatness. He has a birthmark, like his dad, his grandmother and great-grandmother. But when they all make an unexpected trip to Germany, terrible secrets emerge about their family’s story during World War II. Perhaps birthmarks are not all that has been passed down through this family.

With its domestic focus but epic scope, Fault Linesis a compelling, touching often funny novel about four generations of children and their parents. From California to New York, from Haifa to Toronto and Munich, the secrets unwind back through time, the present haunted by the past, until we reach the devastating truth. Nancy Huston tells a riveting, vigorous tale, in which love, music and faith rage against the shape of evil. You’ll find Fault Lines, with its powerfully drawn characters, hard to put down.

A bestseller in France, where it won the prestigious Prix Femina in 2006, Fault Linesis currently being translated into eighteen languages.

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User Review  - maryreinert - LibraryThing

This book definitely got better as I got into it; in fact, I almost put it down during the first chapter. A six year old with a mind like Sol's is very disturbing and not even realistic. However, as ... Read full review

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User Review  - mirrani - LibraryThing

This story takes you backwards through a family's history. You start out in "modern" times, with a boy and his parents, then back up all the way to the war and stories of German soldiers, but it is ... Read full review


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Nancy Huston was born in Calgary, Alberta. In 1973 she went to Paris for a year of study abroad and never moved back. Her books have won the Prix Goncourt des Lyceen, the Prix du Livre-Inter, the Prix Elle (Quebec), the Prix Femina, and the Governor General's Award. Nancy Huston lives in Paris with her husband, the writer Tzvetan Todorov, and their two children.

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