Miranda Richmond Mouillot A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France

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A young woman moves across an ocean to uncover the truth about her grandparents' mysterious estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, the author's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. "A Fifty-Year Silence" is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot's journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's name aloud after she left him. To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to their stone house, now a crumbling ruin; immerses herself in letters, archival materials, and secondary sources; and teases stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents. As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and how the knowledge her grandfather acquired at Nuremberg destroyed their relationship, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the burden of history, and the complexities of memory. She also finds herself learning how not only to survive but to thrive making a home in the village and falling in love. With warmth, humor, and rich, evocative details that bring her grandparents' outsize characters and their daily struggles vividly to life, "A Fifty-Year Silence" is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations. "From the Hardcover edition.""

biographical about the author's grandparents - alternating between their past and the present with often wonderful language

— StefanieFreigericht
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    A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France

    StefanieFreigericht

    17. August 2017 um 01:52

    Miranda has grown up with quite a bunch of internalized behaviorisms: ensure you do not bring up your maternal grandparents‘ rage – especially do not try to talk to one of them about the other, do not try to make them both come to the same place at the same time, since they have not exchanged a word for quite some time (the book has not been given its title for nothing). And do keep your shoes next to the door at night, consider potential routes out for emergencies, and never, never when you lock up your best friend’s brother to tease him never play music to ensure nobody can hear him. This is what they did with children at the camps when they were killing them. Miranda is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, and the experience still wears down even to the third generation after them, even though she, her parents and her grandmother now live in the United States where she has been born, where her gran used to hold her practice for quite a while. The seemingly sensitive child appears to feel both responsible to tend for her beloved ones and also is curious to find out what had happened to alienate her grandparents so strongly as well is anxious to lessen this alienation. Upon visiting her grandfather, she discovers that both her grandparents actually did buy a house together – and falls in love with the old building immediately. This book is the story behind all of this, true as it can be as it has been written by the aforementioned granddaughter based upon what she learns, what she finds in written, what her family tells her, based upon memories, sometimes hearsay, personal impression, influenced by aversion and love. The book is full of love, emotion, humourous, caring, aware how difficult it is to remain objective under the given circumstances, insightful, and just brilliant to listen to. It travels the USA, France and Switzerland with some backdrops to Romania, the tone is pensive, full of melancholy and compassion and inherent wit. It is easy to follow as an audio book, although I slightly miss not having been capable to transcribe more of the author’s wonderful sentences such as „But of course, we all have room in our hearts for infinite measures of love and loss“. chapter 18 Recommendation with solid 5 out of 5 stars   In deutscher Sprache: "Anna und Armand", die Vornamen der beiden Großeltern.

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