Melville House Publishing
On Sale: July 9, 2011
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Literature and Fiction
Against all expectations Marcel Féron has made a “normal”
life in a bucolic French suburb in the Ardennes. But on May
10, 1940, as Nazi tanks approach, this timid, happy man must
abandon his home and confront the “Fate” that he has
secretly awaited. Separated from his pregnant wife and young
daughter in the chaos of flight, he joins a freight car of
refugees hurtling southward ahead of the pursuing invaders.
There, he meets Anna, a sad-looking, dark-haired girl, whose
accent is “neither Belgian nor German,” and who “seemed
foreign to everything around her.” As the mystery of Anna’s
identity is gradually revealed, Marcel leaps from the
heights of an exhilarating freedom to the depths of a
terrifying responsibility— one that will lead him to a
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