Once in Europa: Book Two of the Into Their Labours Trilogy
A luminous collection of interwoven stories, Once in Europa is a portrait of two worlds−a small Alpine village bound to the earth and by tradition, and the restless, future-driven culture that will invade it−at their moment of collision. The instrument of entrapment is love: the passion of a willful shepherd for a shrewd bourgeois housewife; of a vital young woman for a dashing Russian who has come to work in the local factory; of a steadfast son for his aged mother. Lives are lost and hearts are broken, and, always, love is a transcending form of grace. In Once in Europa, it speaks as plainly and as movingly as a remembered language, creating a work of astonishing tenderness.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - stillatim - LibraryThing
Slightly disappointing compared to the first volume, just because the stories here are much less varied in tone, style and theme. That said, the novella from which the collection takes its name is ... Read full review
Once in EuropaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This second volume of the trilogy "Into Their Labours'' is, like the first ( Pig Earth , LJ 9/15/80), a collection of stories set in the French Alps. Although ostensibly about love, they give us a ... Read full review