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A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
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Sep 29, 07

Recommended for: Anyone
Read in September, 2007

This book is a departure from Mary Doria Russel's literary sci-fi novels "The Sparrow" and "Children of God." But what's not a departure is the way this book shares the same beautiful writing and compelling characters.

The story of the French resistance is well-known, but I hadn't heard about the Italian resistence to the Nazi occupation of Italy after Musselini's surrender to the Allies in late 1943. Nor did I know about the unbelievably generosity of Italian Catholics who protected and hid their Jewish neighbors through the long months of deprivation and persecution. Although fictional, this novel is a beautiful and well-researched account of this time as seen through the eyes of several interlocking families. Its accuracy is both striking and brutal, interpersed with the threads of grace of the title.

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