Confidant by Helene Gremillon

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The author is at pains to pin her plot to specific days in the tumultuous history of Paris's downfall, but such is its complexity that the many dates risk confounding the reader.
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'I got a letter one day, a long letter that wasn't signed.' Camille reads this narration of events from pre-war France, certain that it has been sent to her by mistake. Then more letters start to arrive - They tell of a friendship struck up between a young village girl, Annie, and Madame M, a bourgeois lady. To begin with the women simply share a love of art, but when Annie offers to carry a child for her infertile friend, their lives become intimately entwined. The child is born on the eve of the German invasion of France, and the repercussions of her birth are still felt decades later. This powerful first novel by Helene Gremillion is a gripping study of the destruction unleashed, when human desires for love and motherhood turn to obsession.
 

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Alison Anderson holds a Ph.D. in computer security from the Queensland University of Technology and an MIS in information technology from the University of Queensland, Brisbane. Miss Anderson is senior lecturer on the Faculty of Information Technology and researcher in the Information Security Research Center at the Queensland University of Technology.
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Penguin Books. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Sep 25 2012

The author is at pains to pin her plot to specific days in the tumultuous history of Paris's downfall, but such is its complexity that the many dates risk confounding the reader.

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