The Colour of Water by Angela Green

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Escaping Nazi-occupied France, a resistance hero and his Norwegian wife are forced to stop over in a foreign port. There the woman encounters an American, a man she fell in love with in Paris at a time when she believed her husband to be dead. At the end, she leaves her lover for a second time to fly to the free world. But these characters, and this story, are not the ones you think. In her second novel, Angela Green employs the classic love story of Casablanca to investigate what happens before and after that "happy" ending—an investigation which leads Anna Larssen, the book's central character, into exile on an island on the Northern rim of the world, to a place called, simply, "A." This is a book about the stories we are told and the scripts we write for ourselves to make sense of life. But as Anna's past replays itself around her, we discover that, outside the movies, real heroes are hard to find.

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Angela Green is a writer and the former director of a public relations company. She is the author of Cassandra's Disk.
Published June 1, 2003 by Peter Owen Publishers. 240 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The devastated Anna was consoled by a mysterious American named Harry Quinn, but not long after they became lovers, she learned that Vincent was alive.

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The second novel by British author Green (Cassandra's Disk ) is an evocative, artfully structured exploration of the mysteries of identity and the journey bac

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Though a number of plot twists enliven the story's 20-year arc, it primarily charts Anna's transformation from witness to participant in her own life—painfully passive in many of the scenes Green reveals in flashbacks, Anna gradually discovers her own voice and fighter's instinct.

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