The Secret of the Blue Trunk by Lise Dion

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Memoirs have become such a high-toned literary genre, with such blurring of fact and fiction, that it comes as a relief to read something as straightforward as The Secret of the Blue Trunk.
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In 1940 Armande Martel, a young nun from Quebec, is arrested by the Germans at her religious order in Brittany. She is sent as a POW to Buchenwald where she barely survives. After the war, she leaves religious life, marries, and adopts Lise Dion. When her mother dies, Lise discovers a key and the secret to her mother's blue trunk.

 

About Lise Dion

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Lise Dion is one of Quebec's best-loved humorists. Over the years she has written countless scripts and appeared many times on television as a dramatic actress. The Secret of the Blue Trunk, a bestseller in Quebec, is her first book, and will be made into a movie. Liedewy Hawke has won both the Canada Council Translation Prize and the John Glassco Translation Prize, and has been nominated four times for the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation (French to English). She lives in Toronto.
 
Published February 16, 2013 by Dundurn. 168 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction
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Toronto Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer Hunter on Feb 07 2013

The secrets Dion unravelled are so extraordinary, Armande’s tale so poignant, it made me think about the Diary of Anne Frank. The Secret of the Blue Trunk is a stellar Canadian biography.

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Good
Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Mar 15 2013

Memoirs have become such a high-toned literary genre, with such blurring of fact and fiction, that it comes as a relief to read something as straightforward as The Secret of the Blue Trunk.

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