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Shadows of a Childhood by Élisabeth Gille
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Dec 03, 08

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

This novel is about a child holocaust survivor in occupied France during WWII and the 10 yrs after. 5 yr old Lea Levy is sent to live at a Catholic boarding school in Bordeaux. She is befriended by 7 yr old Benedicte Gaillac. The story focuses on their friendship, Lea's learning about the horrors of the war and holocaust, and how her character and emotions are shaped. I found the part about their time at the Sorbonne, living in Paris' Latin Quarter and the politics of the early 1950's very interesting. Elisabeth Gille is the daughter of Joanne Nemerovski who wrote "Suite Francaise".

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