By Miranda Richmond Mouillot
In 1948, after surviving global conflict II by way of escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, Miranda's grandparents, Anna and Armand, received an outdated stone condo in a distant, picturesque village within the South of France. 5 years later, Anna packed her baggage and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their kids. other than one short come across, the 2 by no means observed or spoke to one another back, by no means remarried, and not printed what had divided them forever.
A Fifty-Year Silence is the deeply concerning account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot's trip to determine what occurred among her grandmother, a doctor, and her grandfather, an interpreter on the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's identify aloud after she left him. to find the roots in their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the longer term and strikes to their stone apartment, now a crumbling damage; immerses herself in letters, archival fabrics, and secondary assets; and teases tales out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents. As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and the way the information her grandfather received at Nuremberg destroyed their courting, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the weight of background, and the complexities of reminiscence. She additionally reveals herself studying how not just to outlive yet to thrive--making a house within the village and falling in love.
With heat, humor, and wealthy, evocative information that convey her grandparents' outsize characters and their day-by-day struggles vividly to existence, A Fifty-Year Silence is a heartbreaking, uplifting love tale spanning continents and 3 generations.
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