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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,810 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Doria Russell Narrator: Cassandra Campbel Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in Italy during the dramatic finale of World War II, this new novel is the first in seven years by the bestselling author of The Sparrow and Children of God.

It is September 8, 1943, and fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum is learning Italian with a suitcase in her hand. She and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to be safe at last, now that the Italians have broken with Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it becomes overnight an open battleground among the Nazis, the Allies, resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive.

Mary Doria Russell sets her first historical novel against this dramatic background, tracing the lives of a handful of fascinating characters. Through them, she tells the little-known but true story of the network of Italian citizens who saved the lives of forty-three thousand Jews during the war’s final phase. The result of five years of meticulous research, A Thread of Grace is an ambitious, engrossing novel of ideas, history, and marvelous characters that will please Russell’s many fans and earn her even more.

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  • “Busy, noisy and heartfelt…The intensity and intimacy of Russell’s storytelling, her sharp character writing and fierce sense of humor bring fresh immediacy to this riveting WWII saga.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Edward | 2/20/2014

    " Interesting time in history and a compelling story but not her best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gina | 2/17/2014

    " So informative. Heartbreaking and heroric at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Katherine | 2/9/2014

    " I loved this book. The characters are complicated and real, the setting is interesting, and the issues raised are pertinent today. This is my favorite of Russell's books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gabriel | 2/4/2014

    " Northwest Italy during WWII & its Jewish population "

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