This B-format paperback brings the story of one family through four generations, and the scars that mark their shared history, to its optimum audience. Winner of the Prix Femina 2006, it is reminiscent of Nicole Krauss' "The History of Love" in its scale and passion.Narrated by four children from different generations of the same family, "Fault ...
This B-format paperback brings the story of one family through four generations, and the scars that mark their shared history, to its optimum audience. Winner of the Prix Femina 2006, it is reminiscent of Nicole Krauss' "The History of Love" in its scale and passion.Narrated by four children from different generations of the same family, "Fault Lines" is a tale of a present haunted by the past. Moving from California to New York, from Haifa to Toronto and Munich, its stories unwind back through the years until, reaching the Holocaust, the devastating secret at the heart of the family's history is finally revealed."Fault Lines" is a riveting and poignant novel in which love, music and faith rage against the spectre of evil. Domestic in focus, epic in scope, and with powerfully drawn characters, it is an irresistible showcase for Nancy Huston's talents.
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Publishers Weekly, 2008-06-02 Winner of France's Prix Femina and shortlisted for the Orange Prize, Huston's 12th novel captures four generations of a family and examines the decades-long fallout of a dark family secret. The novel proceeds in reverse chronological order from 2004 to 1944 and begins with six-year-old Sol, who is sheltered and coddled by his mother as he immerses himself in all the perversities the Internet can offer. After surgery to remove Sol's congenital birthmark turns out poorly, the extended family takes a trip to great-grandmother Erra's childhood home in Munich. A turbulent history underlies the visit, and after Sol witnesses a tussle between his great-grandmother and great-aunt, the novel skips backwards in time through the childhood of Sol's father, Randall; grandmother Sadie; and finally Erra. Huston's brilliance is in how she gradually lets the reader in on the secret and draws out the revelation so carefully that by the time the reader arrives at the heart of the matter in Munich 1944, the discovery hits with blunt force. Huston masterfully links the 20th century's misery to 21st-century discomfort in razor-sharp portraits of children as they lose their innocence. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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