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Chased from Eden is a series of snapshots of life in Morocco during the French Protectorate, culminating in the author's journey to America as a World War II war bride.
Born in France in 1924 and homeschooled in the countryside outside Rabat, the young Marguerite Pagès grew up to the rhythms of her Moslem neighbors, listening to the roar of the sultan's lions at sundown, watching the chanting funeral processions from the village over the hill, and exploring cedar forests in the Atlas Mountains with her brother.
When Morocco fell under enemy control, her pain at the Nazi occupation of France, the anguish of Jewish refugees sheltering in Morocco, and the high casualties of her young compatriots would be tempered by her embrace of the Allied landing, marriage to a G.I., and journey to these shores on a troopship packed with war brides.
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Marguerite Vaillancourt lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Her stories have appeared in the Newport Review, Crone's Nest, and How the Weather Was, an anthology of Rhode Island writers. This is her first book.
"What a gorgeous collection of related stories! The final piece, 'A War Bride's Journey,' the longest, most ambitious and moving of the collection, is an extraordinary story. Marguerite Vaillancourt beautifully renders wartime Morocco and the plight of civilians who through no fault of their own are caught up in a war's machinations. Her often lyrical prose is always precise and to the point--not a word is wasted. The critic Cleanth Brooks once noted that Keat's Ode to a Grecean Urn was 'history without footnotes. The same is true of Marguerite Vaillancourt's admirable book."
--Geoffrey Clark, Author of Two, Two, Lily-White Boys
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Book Description Diane K. Vaillancourt, 2014. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0991347005