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Avalanche by Kay Boyle
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Nov 04, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: historicalfiction
Read in November, 2007

I unexpectedly came across this book, set during WWII in a remote French village near the Italian Border. The heroine - half French, half American - grew up in the village and is now back, searching for the man she grew up with, now mysteriously missing, clearly involved in Resistance work. Can she find him before the Nazis do?

There is something reminiscent of Helen MacInnes in this story, although it is slighter and lacks her gentle humor.
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Annie My mother owned this book. I read it when I was a teenager and had nothing else to read, so started looking through Mom's books for something. She told me that her mother had owned the book previously and would not let her read it until she got married because she was "too young." We had a good laugh over that--there's nothing in this book to rate such a reaction. Grandma must have purchased this book when it first came out though, since my mom was born just before the war started. I've always loved this book. I just re-read it for the first time in over 30 years. Its a lot milder and slower than I remembered but still a good story. Could use a little more action or something to keep the story moving though.

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