The Resource Ignorance, Michele Roberts

Ignorance, Michele Roberts

Label
Ignorance
Title
Ignorance
Statement of responsibility
Michele Roberts
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A stunning war-time novel set in France from Booker-shortlisted author Michele Roberts After every war there are stories that are locked away like bluebottles in drawers and kept silent. But sometimes the past can return: in the smell of carbolic soap, in whispers darting through a village after mass, in the colour of an undelivered letter. Jeanne Nerin and Marie-Angele Baudry grow up, side by side yet apart, in the village of Ste Madeleine. Marie-Angele is the daughter of the grocer, inflated with ideas of her own piety and rightful place in society. Jeanne's mother washes clothes for a living. She used to be a Jew until this became too dangerous. Jeanne does not think twice about grasping the slender chances life throws at her. Marie-Angele does not grasp; she aspires to a future of comfort and influence. When war falls out of the sky, along with it tumbles a new, grown-up world. The village must think on its feet, play its part in a game for which no one knows the rules. Not even the dubious hero with 'business contacts' who sweeps Marie-Angele off her feet. Not even the reclusive artist living alone with his sensual, red canvases. In these uncertain times, the enemy may be hiding in your garden shed and the truth is all too easily buried under a pyramid of recriminations. Michele Roberts's new novel is a mesmerising exploration of guilt, faith, desire and judgment, bringing to life a people at war in a way that is at once lyrical and shocking
Summary
Growing up side by side in the Catholic village of Ste. Madeleine, pious grocer's daughter Marie Angele aspires to a life of comfort and influence while impoverished laundress' daughter Jeanne hides her Jewish heritage and steals food to survive until the outbreak of war inadvertently binds the girls together
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10160834
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DLC
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Roberts, Michele
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Young women
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • France
Target audience
adult
Label
Ignorance, Michele Roberts
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [233])
Control code
000049187984
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
231 p.
Isbn
9781408829158
Isbn Type
(tr. pbk.)
Label
Ignorance, Michele Roberts
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [233])
Control code
000049187984
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
231 p.
Isbn
9781408829158
Isbn Type
(tr. pbk.)

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