By Anne-Laure Bondoux
Political issues and civil unrest strength a girl and younger boy to escape their war-torn state looking for a secure haven during this award-winning novel that speaks to matters which are either well timed and universal.
Blaise Fortune, often referred to as Koumaïl, loves listening to the tale of the way he got here to reside with Gloria within the Republic of Georgia: Gloria ran to the location of a teach coincidence the place she came across an injured girl who requested Gloria to take her child. the lady, Gloria says, was once French, and the newborn used to be Blaise.
while Blaise turns seven years outdated, the Soviet Union collapses, and it’s then that Gloria makes a decision she and Blaise needs to flee. They make their approach westward walking, heading towards France, the place Gloria says they'll locate refuge. in the course of their five-year trip around the Caucasus and Europe as they stumble upon different refugees looking for a greater lifestyles, Blaise grows from a boy into a youngster. even if, it’s in simple terms as a tender guy can Blaise try to untangle his identity.
Bondoux’s heartbreaking story of exile, sacrifice, wish, and survival is a narrative of final love.
“A superbly cadenced tribute to maternal love and the facility of reports amid modern political chaos.”—Kirkus experiences, Starred Review
“The [Blaise and Gloria] make a dangerous, five-year trip westward via war-torn territory, encountering a memorable entourage of fellow refugees with poignant tales in their personal. … even though Blaise narrates this wonderfully translated novel, Gloria's voice will lengthy resonate.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“An captivating novel that combines grand storytelling with an unflinching examine the tough realities of poverty.”—Junior Library Guild
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I am so hungry that I feel dizzy. Gloria points to a large metal bin that sits against a wall at the back of a Turkish restaurant. “I’m too fat to climb, but you can take a look, Koumaïl,” she says. I put my bag on the ground and jump up to grab the edge of the bin. ” Gloria advises me. ” I can’t believe what I see in the bin! I jump down with a large piece of meat—flank steak, I think—and pastries dripping with honey, which we put in a cardboard box that we happen to find. ” I say, my mouth watering.
When we’re done, all the coins we earned during the day disappear into the store cash register, except for one. “Here, Monsieur Blaise,” Gloria whispers. ” As we leave Kopeckochka, I notice that other people are sitting in the entryway, extending their hands in the draft. I come near a man who looks like Abdelmalik. He’s shivering and has a dog on a leash. I give him my coin. Before we take the streetcar back, Gloria promises me a surprise. We drag our bags along small streets that run parallel to the boulevard.
The youngest one is only six years old, and the oldest is thirteen. In the middle there are the twins, Suki and Maya, the ones I like best. To tell them apart, Mrs. Betov gave me a tip: Suki has a beauty spot close to her mouth, whereas Maya’s is located between her eyebrows, like a period between two sentences. I look at the twins a lot, but I can’t decide which one is prettier. And when one of them happens to talk to me, I mumble and I get confused. I become a complete idiot. Exactly like Gloria when Zemzem gave her his flask of water and she couldn’t say a word.