A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
A Thread of Grace starts with the Italian surrender to the Allies
during WWII. Claudette Blum and her father are Jewish refugees intent on
crossing the Alps from France in order to find freedom. What they find
instead is more Germans.
This is a story of the German
occupation of Northern Italy. Roman Catholic priests and nuns saved many
Jews from the Germans who were intent on finding them and sending them
to the concentration camps. Even though the Germans were fighting and
being hit by air attacks daily they were still diligent about rounding
up the Jews in the area.
Italians hid and helped the Jews. The
Italian resistance fought the Germans. This novel is a historical
fiction depicting the actions of the people in Northern Italy.
The characters in this book are wonderful. Renzo is a rogue who
seamlessly flits between the Germans, the resistance and the Jews.
Claudette is the tragic character caught up in an awful war. Schramm is
the uptight scumbag German obeying his orders and fighting his
I loved this book and learning about all
about this area during the war. So many people helped others at great
peril to themselves.
First Line: "This is what everyone would remember about his mother: her home was immaculate."