The Light from the Dark Side of the Moon
A remembrance of love in a time of war.92-year-old Henry Budge defies most of his family by escaping a rehab hospital to make his way to France for the ceremonies of the 70th observance of D-Day. Before he dies, he hopes to at last address a grief he has allowed to simmer for decades and to rekindle memories of lodie Bedier, the French Resistance fighter with whom he fell in love 70 years earlier, as a way of confronting his grief at losing her.
During his return journey, he relives events of 1944: being wounded as he parachutes into Normandy; falling in love with lodie who nurses him back to health; fighting the Germans alongside her and her resistance companions; and finally abandoning the war to rescue a group of children from the Holocaust, choices that leave Henry at risk of a firing squad for desertion and lodie vulnerable to fatal condemnation from her compatriots. When he arrives back in France, Henry makes several shocking discoveries that shake the very foundations of the memories he's had of lodie all these years and he is left to wonder about the love he has had for lodie: what rests on true memory vs. what is based on countless imagined conversations over the decades?
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"Gautreau's haunting images of the simultaneous shining of moonlight on the different theaters of the war and the 'reflection from the dark side' are awe-inspiring." -- WAHEED RABBANI, Historial Novel Society
"This book is beautifully written, and has a story to tell... The Light from the Dark Side of the Moon is a must read. I trudged with Henry and Elodie up a mountain and down the other side. You can too. Worth every moment." -- Mary Ann Smyth, http: //www.bookloons.com