Sunday, April 6, 2008

Searching for Eternity by Elizabeth Musser

I really enjoyed this novel about Emile de Bonnery, a thirteen year old boy living in France who in the 1960s, is forced to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia with his mom. Emile does not know why they had to come to America, but only knows that his father was acting mysteriously and was seen with another woman right before his mother and he left France. Emile tries to figure out the story with his dad--is he having an affair, is he a spy? As he struggles to adjust to life in America and endures bullying, he meets a fascinating girl his age named Eternity, and they form a unique friendship.

Musser is a good writer, and in this book she explores topics such as the French Resistance, civil rights, alcoholism, faith, and forgiveness. It was an engaging book, and I found myself really caring about the characters.

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