Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review: A Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot

Disclosure: I was provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are as always my own.

While Chicago winters can be a complete pain the butt, they do have their redeeming qualities. For me, the Chicago winters force me to carve out the time and space to fall into a good book. Seriously, folks from outside Chicago: there is nothing quite like curling up with a good book and a cup of tea, and watching the snowflakes fall and blanket the city.

Here's a book that's perfect for a quiet Chicago winter afternoon: A Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot.



This book is the true story of Miranda Richmond Mouillot’s journey to uncover the sage behind a family secret: In 1948, after surviving the horrors of World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, Richmond Mouillot’s grandparents, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France, where they planned to carry on and rebuild their lives. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking her typewriter and their children. The pair never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. Richmond Mouillot takes her quest a bit further, abandoning her plans for the future and moving in to her grandparent's stone house, now a crumbling ruin.

I don't want to give away too many clues; this is essentially a true-life mystery that's both fascinating and heartbreaking. Yet Richomond Mouillot captures the past and fuses it to her very real present with warmth, humor, and evocative details that bring to an end a captivating, 50-year silence.

Check out A Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot at your local library or independent bookseller today. 

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