Laura Anderson asked:
Who are Edouard's decendants?? The book doesn't mention he and Sophie having children, nor him remarrying. And if I remember correctly - this is when I dislike the kindle, when I want to find something! - it refers to them as descendants, not simply relatives, which means they could be nephews. Certainly all the reviews and summaries use the word descendants, not relatives. This was a huge, gaping whole for me.
Jessica Andersen I was under the impression they were nephews or maybe even related from someone before Sophie. Edouard definitely wasn't a Monk before he and Sophie married. But I always assumed they were nephews.
Angela I think you answered your own question. They did not have children. The people who were suing to get the painting were Edouard's family who are not in the story except to get the painting probably to sell for the money. Could be great-nephews, etc.
ANNE-CHRISTINE RICE I believe they were Aurelien's descendants. Aurelien was Helene's and Sophie's younger brother, and was very bitter.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[It was Lillian's daughter( the woman in the wheelchair at the end of the novel ) who Sophie took in and care of due to her her mother in the earlier part of the book, was shamefully led away by the German's ( her young daughter was Edithe) she was brought to a camp after being unnecessarily paraded in the streets. Also, Helene had children she looked after as well. ( Sophie's sister). (hide spoiler)]
Ansima Singh Sophie also had a child whom she leaves with Helene when she is taken away by the Germans. What happens to that child is not mentioned anywhere in the book except when Helene and family takes vacation to Swiss.