The summer that Patty Bergen turns twelve is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she’s Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man. As their gentle friendship blossoms, Patty experiences a kind of love she never felt from her abusive father or her distant mother.
From the critically acclaimed author of Bloodroot, a gripping, wondrously evocative novel of a family in turmoil, set against the backdrop of real-life historical event - the story of three days in the summer of 1936, as a government-built dam is about to flood an Appalachian town, and a little girl goes missing.
"fascinating and beautiful story of family"
This superbly moving sequel reveals what happens when 18-year-old Patty Bergen leaves her Southern Bible-Belt town for Paris. In a tender love affair with a Frenchman, she begins to overcome the abuse that ruined her childhood - and to understand her conflicting feelings of joy and anger.