Why you must read Liza Perrat’s Wolfsangel
1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes.
When her loved ones are deported to concentration camps, Céleste is drawn into the vortex of this monumental conflict, and the danger of French Resistance collaboration.
As she confronts the harrowing truths of the Second World War’s darkest years, Céleste is forced to choose: pursue her love for the German officer, or answer General de Gaulle’s call to fight for France.
Her fate suspended on the fraying thread of her will, Celeste gains strength from the angel talisman bequeathed to her through her lineage of healer kinswomen. But the decision she makes will shadow the remainder of her days.
The remainder of her days?
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What kind of readers will it appeal to?
We’re curious about Céleste, and what led her to the decisions she makes.
In constant battle with her mother, Marinette, who sees Céleste as the weakling child, the second daughter rather than a son to take over the family business, Céleste has strong bonds with her father, and is distraught when he is sent to a German labour camp.
Céleste yearns to leave the family farm, to study at university and pursue a career, but her mother wants her to marry a local farmer and settle in the village to raise a tribe of children.
Céleste is also in conflict with her sister, Marie-Félicité, the nun. She resents Marie-Félicité for being the favourite, and for being able to escape their cold and bitter mother, when she left the farm for the convent.
Determined, rebellious, impulsive, naive, and passionate at the beginning of the Occupation, Célestine matures and learns some of life’s harsh lessons through her French Resistance work, and through her love of the enemy officer, Martin Diehl. Towards the end of the story, she will have to make one of the hardest decisions of her life: continue her love affair with the German officer, or join the French Resistance and fight for her country.
Have you written any other books that we should read next?
Friends, Family and Other Strangers Downunder is a collection of fourteen humorous, horrific and entertaining short stories about Australians, for readers everywhere.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
When I met my French husband on a Bangkok bus, I moved to France, where I have been living with my husband and three children for twenty years. I work part-time as a French-English medical translator, and as a novelist.
Several of my short stories have won awards, notably the Writers Bureau annual competition of 2004 and have been published widely in anthologies and small press magazines. My articles on French culture and tradition have been published in international magazines such as France Magazine and France Today.
That’s really romantic, meeting your husband on a bus on the other side of the world.
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