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Amandine: A Novel



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Author
De Blasi, Marlena
Descriptors
Birth Parents
Convent Life
First Novels
Historical Fiction-European
Identity
Illegitimacy
Literate Fiction
Nobility
World War II
Location/Setting:
France
Poland
Time Period:
1930s
1940s
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Summary
An illegitimate baby is born into a Polish royal family in Krakow, and the grandmother wants to be rid of the child. She drops the unnamed baby girl off at a convent in France telling her daughter that the baby died. The baby's caretaker Solange names the girl Amandine. Solange and the sisters adore the little girl but the Abbess despises her and makes life difficult. Eventually Solange and Amandine leave the convent to reunite with Solange's family, but a two-day train trip turns into a several year hike through Nazi occupied France where Solange is killed. Amandine survives with the help of various strangers and by her own wits and strong will.
Critique
There is much sadness in the novel but there's hope for happiness for Amandine at the book's end. Recommend.
ISBN
9780345507341
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# of Pages
318
Published
2010
Formats
Reviewer's Initials: ED


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