In Our Strange Gardens by Michel Quint
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In Our Strange Gardens was named a BookSense 76 Recommended Pick for January 2002!Michel has a story to tell. It's about his father, an exquisitely common man whose very ordinariness is a source of grave embarrassment for the boy. It's also the story told to him by his uncle, who shared a family secret with the child in the flickering black and white images of a Sunday matinee.

Years before, in the bitter years of World War II, during the Nazi occupation of France, two brothers found themselves at the mercy of a German guard following an explosive act of resistance. Thrown into a deep pit with a small group of terrified prisoners, the men are told that one of them will die by dawn to serve as an example for the others. It's up to the prisoners to propose who will be sacrificed. But in the middle of the night, the guard returns with an extraordinary proposition of his own.

A novel of revelation, innocence and ignorance, of the power of language and the strength and complexity of family, In Our Strange Gardens is a fable of nuance and power, a mesmerizing addition to the literature of war.


About Michel Quint

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Michel Quint was born in France in 1949. He wrote for the theatre and for radio, before turning to thriller writing. In 1989 Quint was awarded the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for his novel Billard à l'étage. In Our Strange Gardens is based on his own father's life.
Published December 1, 2001 by Riverhead. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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A dear friend of his parents named Gaston, married to Nicole, is given the job one night—after the families have gone to a movie together, about Germans and WWII—of telling him the whole story.

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The premise of the story is simple: the son of a Resistance hero tells the story of his father and his father's cousin, a pair of Frenchmen who blow up the local generator during WWII and then find themselves taken into custody by the Germans as random hostages;

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