Fault Lines

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Black Cat, 2007 - Fiction - 307 pages
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A best seller in France, with over 400,000 copies sold, and currently being translated into eighteen languages, Fault Lines is the new novel from internationally-acclaimed and best-selling author Nancy Huston. Huston's novel is a profound and poetic story that traces four generations of a single family from present-day California to WW II ̈Cera Germany. Fault Lines begins with Sol, a gifted, terrifying child whose mother believes he is destined for greatness partly because he has a birthmark like his dad, his grandmother, and his great-grandmother. When Sol's family makes an unexpected trip to Germany, secrets begin to emerge about their history during World War II. It seems birthmarks are not all that's been passed down through the bloodlines. Closely observed, lyrically told, and epic in scope, Fault Lines is a touching, fearless, and unusual novel about four generations of children and their parents. The story moves from the West Coast of the United States to the East, from Haifa to Toronto to Munich, as secrets unwind back through time until a devastating truth about the family's origins is reached. Huston tells a riveting, vigorous tale in which love, music, and faith rage against the shape of evil.

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Huston (The Mark of an Angel), a Canadian by birth though she lives in Paris and writes in French, is perhaps at her most ambitious in this new novel. An award winner and best seller in France here ... Read full review

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When I picked this one up and got started I felt very uncomfortable, but once I got past the very annoying little boy in part one I was gripped and couldn't put it down. Haven't been able to stop thinking about it since and even skiimmed through it a second time to join up the gaps in my head. A very cleverly crafted novel, I loved the way the past is revealed layer by layer. And I suppose it would be difficult to write a book in real six-year-old language so their precociousness is perhaps a neccessity even though it's troubling at times. A very different approach to a difficult subject, with excellent portrayal of a completely disfunctional family. Excllent stuff!  

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About the author (2007)

A native of Calgary and of New Hampshire, Nancy Huston now lives in Paris; she writes in both French and English. The author of nine novels and numerous works of nonfiction, she has won the Prix Goncourt des Lyceen, the Prix du Livre-Inter, the Prix Elle, and the Governor General's Award for Fiction in French.

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