Liberation: A Novel

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"Deeply moving. . . . Joanna Scott brilliantly captures war as seen through the innocence of a child." -Bookpage

Adriana Nardi is only 10 years old when Allied forces occupy her lush island home during World War II, plaguing the quiet Italian village with violence and uncertainty. Amdu is a Senegalese soldier who abandons his comrades and befriends Adriana after witnessing an unspeakable act that has far-reaching repercussions.

Decades later, on a commuter train bound for Penn Station, 60-year-old Adriana revisits her memories of the war and her doomed relationship with Amdu, even as a present crisis threatens her life.

"A prismatic and quietly powerful look at war. . . . Scott pulls off kaleidoscopic shifts of observation with a depth of vision possessed by great writers." -Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Beautifully realized, exquisitely constructed, and fascinating. . . . A calming and beautiful book to read for consolation, in these dingy times." -Washington Post Book World

"It may be about World War II, but this book is as timely as can be." -Marie Claire

"Scott's voice remains one of contemporary fiction's most eloquent and essential." -Kirkus Reviews
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About the author

Joanna Scott lives in Rochester, New York.

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Publisher
Back Bay Books
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Published on
Sep 3, 2007
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Pages
272
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ISBN
9780316028134
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Historical / World War II
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This content is DRM protected.
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