Charlotte Gray: A Novel

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Vintage International/Vintage Books, Jul 1, 2000 - Fiction - 399 pages
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New York Times bestseller by award-winning author of Birdsong

Charlotte Gray tells the remarkable story of a young Scottish woman who becomes caught up in the effort to liberate Occupied France from the Nazis while pursuing a perilous mission of her own.

In blacked-out, wartime London, Charlotte Gray develops a dangerous passion for a battle-weary RAF pilot, and when he fails to return from a daring flight into France she is determined to find him. In the service of the Resistance, she travels to the village of Lavaurette, dyeing her hair and changing her name to conceal her identity. Here she will come face-to-face with the harrowing truth of what took place during Europe's darkest years, and will confront a terrifying secret that threatens to cast its shadow over the remainder of her days. Vividly rendered, tremendously moving, and with a narrative sweep and power reminiscent of his novel Birdsong, Charlotte Gray confirms Sebastian Faulks as one of the finest novelists working today.

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Shortly after the death of a surrogate father figure in a French internment camp in occupied France, Charlotte notes "that her emotions could not encompass the complexity of feeling that the ... Read full review


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Sebastian Faulks worked as a journalist for fourteen years before taking up writing full-time in 1991. He was voted Author of the Year by the British Book Awards for Birdsong, which was also a New York Times bestseller.  He is best known for his trilogy of novels set in France: The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong, and Charlotte Gray. He is also the author of Human Traces, On Green Dolphin Street, the Fatal Englishman, Engleby, and the James Bond novel Devil May Care.  He lives in London with his wife and three children.

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