My Longest Night

Genevieve Dubosq, Author, Richard S. Woodward, Translator Henry Holt & Company $9.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8050-0150-1
Writing from the perspective of herself as a young girl, Duboscqthe daughter of a railway guard on the Paris-Cherbourg line running through a marshy tract of Normandyrecounts how American paratroopers landed the night before D-Day, many falling into the surrounding swamp. She and her family, including an illiterate, abusive, alcoholic but resourceful father, rescued and sheltered scores of them. In a childlike style that reflects the excitement of those dramatic, danger-filled days, she relives the emotions of the irrepressible and plucky young heroine as she and her mother nursed the wounded and comforted the dying, both American and German, while her father salvaged precious stores from the water. Duboscq, severely injured and disfigured in a land-mine explosion that killed her brother, credits surviving five years of surgical procedures, and the tribulations of later life, in part to the inspiration she derived from the suffering and bravery of the soldiers she met during this childhood experience, an act of courage for which she was awarded France's Legion of Honor. (October)
Reviewed on: 12/01/1986
Release date: 12/01/1986
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