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Author: Marlena de Blasi
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2010, First edition, first printing. A fine, unmarked copy that presents as brand new.


'A classic, expertly wrought novel of love, loss, and tangled loyalties, Amandine is also a banquet of sumptuous imagery and delicious historical detail.' - Chandra Prasad, author of On Borrowed Wings Marlena de Blasi, the bestselling author of A Thousand Days in Venice, brings her luminous prose to the world of fiction with this remarkable debut novel. Set against the backdrop of Europe as it moves inexorably toward World War II, Amandine follows a young orphan's journey in search of her heritage. The story opens in Krakow in 1931, as a baby girl is conceived out of wedlock, the byproduct of a foolish heart and a tragic inheritance. The child's grandmother, a countess, believes that she is protecting her daughter when she claims that the baby didn't survive. In truth, however, she deposits the infant at a remote convent in the French countryside, leaving her with a great sum of money and in the care of a young governess named Solange. But even Solange's unconditional love cannot protect Amandine. Disliked and mistrusted by both the abbess and the convent girls, the curious Amandine finds her childhood troubled with challenges and questions. Eventually, Solange is forced to choose between the cruel life of the convent and the terrors of a global war looming outside its doors. Thus, with a purseful of worthless francs and a sack of provisions, the two flee north toward Solange's childhood home. But what should have been a two-day journey by train becomes a perilous, years-long odyssey across Occupied France - and deeper into the treacheries of war. Tracing the flight of Amandine and Solange alongside the lives of the countess and her daughter, Amandine's mother, who still mourns and dreams of the child she thinks she lost forever, Marlena de Blasi's epic novel winds its way toward a dramatic and compelling conclusion, as mother and daughter draw ever nearer. Amandine is a sumptuous tale of persistent hope and unexpected love. '...balances heartbreak, loneliness, fear and hope with aplomb.' - Publishers Weekly

Author description

Marlena de Blasi is the author of A Thousand Days in Venice, Tuscan Secrets, An Umbrian Love Story and That Summer in Sicily.

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General Fields

  • : 9781741757125
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : December 2009
  • : 190mm X 133mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2010
  • : books

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  • : 823.00
  • : en
  • : 1
  • : Paperback
  • : Marlena de Blasi