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A Thread of Grace {Unabridged Audio}
by Mary Doria Russell

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Audio Cassette : 13 pages
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It is September 8, 1943, and 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 ...
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It is September 8, 1943, and 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 pitting against one another the Nazis, the Allies, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italians trying to survive. Set against this dramatic background, Russell traces the lives of a handful of fascinating characters - a charismatic Italian resistance leader, a Catholic priest, an Italian rabbi's family, a disillusioned German doctor - telling the little-known but true story of the Italian citizens who saved the lives of forty-three thousand Jews during the war.

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  "I thoroughly enjoyed this... much discussion....very thought provoking"by Linda M. (see profile) 02/13/08

 
  "A tough read but well worth it!"by Laura N. (see profile) 02/12/08

I went back and reread much of the book because I felt I got too lost in the large number of characters the first time to really get a good handle on the story. I really like historical fiction and this... (read more)

 
  "An account of the Jews being hidden during WWII in Italy."by Jeannie W. (see profile) 02/12/08

Excellent! Very descriptive and "real"! I loved the characters!

 
  "Accurate historical account but not easy reading"by Marilynn M. (see profile) 02/12/08

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical books written about war time. It is obvious that the author spent a lot of time on research, so I'm sure it is very accurate. However, if you... (read more)

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