A Thread of Grace: A Novel

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Random House, Jan 1, 2005 - Fiction - 430 pages
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Set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II, this new novel is the first in seven years by the bestselling author of 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 scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that 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 overnight an open battleground among the Nazis, the Allies, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive.

Mary Doria Russell sets her first historical novel against this dramatic background, tracing the lives of a handful of fascinating characters. Through them, she tells the little-known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of forty-three thousand Jews during the war’s final phase. The result of five years of meticulous research, A Thread of Grace is an ambitious, engrossing novel of ideas, history, and marvelous characters that will please Russell’s many fans and earn her even more.

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User Review  - Shuffy2 - LibraryThing

September 1943: Italians have severed ties with Germany but that does not mean there is peace. Jewish refugees have crossed the Alps seeking asylum and found a makeshift sanctuary that teeters on the ... Read full review

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I have never read a book by Mary Doria Russell that I did not love, and this one is no exception. I already knew that Russell was an extraordinary historical researcher who combined meticulous details ... Read full review

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Section 2
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The author of prize-winning research in paleoanthropology, Mary Doria Russell has written two previous novels, The Sparrow and Children of God. She lives with her husband and son in Cleveland, Ohio.

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