The Girl in the Blue Beret

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The Girl in the Blue Beret

Format:  Compact Disc,

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Publisher: Audiogo

Publish Date: Jul 2011

ISBN-13: 9781609983413

ISBN-10: 1609983416

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Publisher: Audiogo
Publish Date: Jul 2011
ISBN-13: 9781609983413
ISBN-10: 1609983416
Format: Compact Disc
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.6
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.1 x 1.2 x 5.9
Walmart No.: 9781609983413

About the author

Biography of Mason, Bobbie Ann

Bobbie Ann Mason is the author of the novels "In Country" "Spence+Lila', & "Feather Crowns", which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award & won the Southern Book Award. Her short-story collection "Shiloh & Other Stories" won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction & was nominated for other major prizes. Her memoir, "Clear Springs", was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her fiction has appeared in "The New Yorker", "The Atlantic Monthly", & elsewhere. She lives in Kentucky.

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Review by Library Journal (2011-04-01)

It is 1980, and commercial airline pilot Marshall Stone, having just turned 60, has been forced into retirement. A widower with grown children, Marshall heads to France to retrace his World War II experiences there; as a flight engineer, he was shot down over Belgium. Now, Marshall wants to reconnect with the Resistance members involved in his rescue. He remembers a young woman, partial to a blue beret, and Robert, a brave freedom fighter.

Finding them will be difficult, as code names and cryptic passwords were used to protect identities. Flashbacks of his days at the English airbase follow Marshall as he searches for his rescuers and the chance to come to terms with his place during a horrific time. Renowned American author Mason (In Country) based this haunting novel on her late father-in-law's wartime experiences, and the rich setting, detail, and intimate character nuances ring true.

Verdict: Great crossover appeal for fans of the award-winning author, World War II fiction, and novels with French settings. Highly recommended.

-Jenn B. -Stidham, Houston Community Coll.

-Northeast, TX

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Inspired by a true story, the bestselling author of In Country offers a gorgeous, haunting novel about an airline pilot coming to terms with his past, and searching for the people who saved him during World War II. After Marshall Stone's B-17 bomber was shot down in occupied Europe in 1944, people in the French Resistance helped him escape to safety. One of the brave French people who risked their lives for him was a lively girl in Paris--a girl identified by her blue beret.

After the war Marshall returned to America, raised a family, and became a successful airline pilot. He tried to forget the war. Now, in 1980, he returns to France and finds himself drawn back in time--memories of the crash, the terror of being alone in a foreign country where German soldiers were hunting down fallen Allied aviators, the long months of hiding. Marshall finds the people who helped him escape from the Nazis and falls in love with the woman who was the girl in the blue beret. He also discovers astonishing revelations about the suffering of the people he had known during the war. Bobbie Ann Mason's novel, inspired by her father-in-law's wartime experiences, is a beautifully woven story of love, war, and second chances.

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