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Follows a young woman trying to reconcile the religious faith of her upbringing with the horrifying acts perpetrated against her family and the people of her town during WWII.
The riveting story of one woman's quest to discover her long-forgotten past - buried with 600 French civilians massacred by Nazis - and her ultimate reckoning with it. On the morning of 11 June 1944, a young girl is found clutching an iron pot in the burnt-out shell of her home. Taken to a convent, the child is reared believing her parents died during an influenza epidemic. Twenty years later, after a series of unexplained dreams and flashbacks, Christine Lenoir finally uncovers the truth. A High and Hidden Place follows a young woman trying to reconcile the religious faith of her upbringing with the horrifying acts perpetrated against her family and the people of her town during WWII. While it is a work of fiction, the book depicts the actual events in the small French farming community of Oradour during one day in 1944 and tells of a child who survives to struggle with the consequences of the tragedy. The novel follows Christine's quest as she tries to come to terms with the horrors of war - and still retain her faith.
Written with quiet nuance and compassion, the novel is a compelling exploration of horrific loss and the mystery of faith. -- --Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair