Title: Thread of Grace, A
Authors: Doria Russell, Mary
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 430
Year: 2005
Language: English
Description: In 1943, Claudette Blum and her father are among thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing over the Alps towards Italy to find safety. Although the Italians have split with Hitler, the Nazis seize control and the country becomes a battleground. Using oral and written histories, Russell tells the little-known story of those who sought refuge in Italy during the final phase of World War II, and of those who risked all to help them.

Comments from Groups:

It's a really good book and has opened our eyes to part of WW2 that was unknown to most of us. Dunedin 062

This book got the 'thumbs up' from all our group. Well researched. Tauranga 015

Our favourite book of the year so far. Mostly it took us awhile to read as we got confused by all the places and characters, but it was well worth hanging on as it all came together in the last third or so of the book. Auckland 107

A structured story, meticulously crafted. Carterton 001

Extremely well written. Loved all the characters, how they interlaced. Fantastic story - shame about the circumstances - but inspiring how they survived and the Italian peasants took them in. Winton 002

Quite confusing at times but an amazing story of courage, misery, fear, comradeship and the neverending toil of the Italian people to overcome the worst of the war... Christchurch 011

We all enjoyed the different 'take' on the Holocaust. None of us knew anything about the Italian scenario of WW2, apart from the fact that Kiwis were there. Auckland 133

Gems of wisdom on practically every page and very funny unexpected bits. Whangarei 017

Categories: Fiction, War theme, Faction, Inspirational, Italy, What's Hot


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