Sins of the Innocent

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$24.95  $23.20
Unbridled Books
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6.2 X 9.36 X 1.1 inches | 1.15 pounds
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"Mireille, left alone and watched as a possible French spy in Germany, drew on a well of strength to live a quiet, determined life and survive the war. Passionate, straightforward, and enthralling, this new memoir offers a glimpse of the seldom-seen life of a French citizen in Germany during World War II.... Highly recommended ..."--Library Journal

"What do you think you'll be doing when you're 97? Mireille Marokvia... has used that year of her life to publish a beautiful, surprising book about her years as a young French woman, mostly alone, in Germany throughout World War II....One of the joys of this memoir is that while the danger mounts, Marokvia writes about domestic life, adding details that we would never learn from war movies or the memoirs of generals.... The author provides a picture of what it was like to be trapped in a war that [we] would never have imagined. I hope teachers of history and literature will find this book and teach it, besides enjoying it themselves." -The Durango Herald

"In the midst of World War II, Mireille Marokvia was a young French bride, trapped with her artist husband in Nazi Germany. While her parents and other relatives and friends fought with the French resistance, Mireille found her own ways to cope and her own artistic ways to rebel. In a German weaving school, she quietly wove a garment inspired by the French flag. After she was expelled from the group, a sympathetic friend found her an isolated post in northern Germany, where she befriended a young Jewish woman who was hiding her identity. Marokvia has reconstructed the tales of those dangerous days in an engrossing memoir...When her anti-Nazi husband went to visit his widowed mother in Germany, the two were not allowed to leave the county. Even when she had a Gestapo officer's family as housemates, she managed to continue her quietly subversive activities until the final days of World War II, when she was arrested and interrogated by German authorities."--Las Cruces Sun-News

"These childhood memories of rural France in the early decades of this century insidiously take over the reader's imagination, making palpable the presence of a vanished world.... The book dexterously blends public and private, recalling how the First World War affected the daily life of a small girl in a small town."--The New Yorker

"Reading Immortelles is like finding an old trunk of your grandmother's filled with old pictures, letters, and journals depicting bright scraps of lives seen only as grainy black-and-whites in a dusty attic on a rain-blurred afternoon.... a magical story of childhood.... World War I is honestly touched on...the war is noticed purely as part of the fabric of village life--and for its impact on Marokvia... Incredulous at first to be inside the expertly portrayed life of one who actually lived during this period, the reader is soon caught up in a world... real and full..."--The Bloomsbury Review

"An elegant evocation of the poetry and pain of childhood.... the rhythm of rural life, the pleasures of a village parade, the excitement of a train trip, and more seriously, the ravages of a bloody war on this life. An unusual book that rewards the reader with its lyric prose and quiet grace."--Kirkus Reviews