A fictionalized short story based on family documents and oral history, Fernand: a French Family in War also draws upon scholarship to capture the essence of life in occupied France.
Laurent Pernot was raised in Valentigney, France. He first came to the U.S. as a foreign exchange student. He holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also studied history and writing. A former reporter and public affairs consultant, he is a college administrator in Chicago. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife Jennifer and sons Gabriel, Luca and Leo.