A Fifty-year Silence

A Fifty-year Silence

Love, War, and A Ruined House in France

Book - 2015
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"A memoir by a young woman who travels to France to uncover the truth about her grandparents' mysterious and irrevocable estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780804140645
Characteristics: xiv, 271 pages :,illusttations, maps ;,22 cm
Alternative Title: 50-year silence

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EmilyEm
Jul 26, 2015

The author tells the story of her grandparents Anna and Armand's World War II experience fleeing Nazi-occupied France to work among other refugees in Switzerland. The antagonism they developed after their brief marriage is a mystery their granddaughter tries to solve.
Lovingly rendered by their granddaughter, this book tells a tale of two people in the greater story of the Holocaust and those left who must remember. It is also Miranda’s story coming of age.

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TheresaAJ
Jul 02, 2015

Wishing to get to the heart of the antipathy between her maternal grandparents, the author starts a journey back through time. Anna and Armand, stateless Jews who spend World War II in a Swiss refugee camp, have a very brief marriage that produces two children. Anna, a physician, and Armand, a translator at the Nuremburg trials, separate after the war. Anna goes to America while Armand remains in Switzerland. As the author grows up, she becomes more curious about her grandparents' story. The author's journey ensues when her grandfather wants to sell his house in France and needs his wife's permission to do so. As Miranda negotiates her way through this hostile situation, she acquires a French husband and learns the truth about her grandparents' war.

ChristchurchLib Mar 16, 2015

"After surviving World War II, author Miranda Richmond Mouillot's grandparents, Armand and Anna, moved into a house in southern France, then emigrated to New York. Five years later, they separated and never reconciled. Miranda, born in 1981, grew up with only a vague idea of their wartime ordeals and why they separated. When she learned that the old house in France was being sold, she decided to move into it and do some research in family records, hoping to learn more about her grandparents' estrangement. A Fifty-Year Silence hauntingly depicts what Miranda discovered about them." Biography and Memoir March 2015 newsletter http://libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/8b83e151-85a6-4a03-8ead-b05af98073dc?postId=c1e603a5-9688-4371-9057-6bc36165e997

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fjvalentin
Mar 06, 2015

I found this to be a fascinating book. The writer was skilled enough that I had to remind myself that I was not reading a novel, but reading a real life story about family relationships, difficult decisions and the story of two individuals caught up being Jewish in WWII France and Switzerland.

booklady413 Feb 13, 2015

A love story of sorts - the author's grandparents lived through WWII surviving in their own separate ways. Miranda's grandmother, Anna, was a physician, and her grandfather, Armand, an interpreter at the Nuerenberg trial. The author explores her grandparents' lives trying to explain their love and how the atrocities of that time period had played a part in the complicated lives of Anna and Armand; how understanding their lives, she could move forward in her own life.

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AL_MARCIA Aug 26, 2016

"Armand and Anna fell in love, bought a house, and never spoke again."

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