A Time of MiraclesA Time of Miracles
By Anne-Laure Bondoux (Trans. by Y. Maudet)
Published by Random House

“The story is written in beautiful, quiet prose and offers a touch of hope, along with tragedy.” –School Library Journal

“A beautifully cadenced tribute to maternal love and the power of stories amid contemporary political chaos.” –Kirkus Reviews

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Description
Blaise Fortune, also known as Koumaïl, loves hearing the story of how he came to live with Gloria in the Republic of Georgia: Gloria was picking peaches in her father’s orchard when she heard a train derail. After running to the site of the accident, she found an injured woman who asked Gloria to take her baby. The woman, Gloria claims, was French, and the baby was Blaise.

When Blaise turns seven years old, the Soviet Union collapses and Gloria decides that she and Blaise must flee the political troubles and civil unrest in Georgia. The two make their way westward on foot, heading toward France, where Gloria says they will find safe haven. But what exactly is the truth about Blaise’s past?

Bits and pieces are revealed as he and Gloria endure a five-year journey across the Caucasus and Europe, weathering hardships and welcoming unforgettable encounters with other refugees searching for a better life. During this time Blaise grows from a boy into an adolescent; but only later, as a young man, can he finally attempt to untangle his identity.

Bondoux’s heartbreaking tale of exile, sacrifice, hope, and survival is a story of ultimate love.

Reviews & Accolades
“Most of their experiences will be hard for American teens even to imagine; one of the worst is digging through a huge hill of toxic debris for nickel wires that can be salvaged. Bondoux is sparing with words and scenes, yet deftly reveals tantalizing bits of the past as the travelers trudge through Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, and Germany…This novel of love, determination, and the power of stories is almost heartbreakingly poignant…Bondoux, an award-winning author in her native France, is well served here by translator Maudet.” –Children’s Literature

“The story is written in beautiful, quiet prose and offers a touch of hope, along with tragedy.” –School Library Journal

“A beautifully cadenced tribute to maternal love and the power of stories amid contemporary political chaos.” –Kirkus Reviews

Groups Represented
Georgian
French

Themes
Identity, refugee life, immigration, family relationships

Setting
Georgia
The Caucasus
France

Author Research
TBA

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