Ghosts by Daylight: Love, War, and Redemption

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Before I reached the stairwell, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. A strange and beautiful man had dropped to his knees in front of me, unencumbered, unembarrassed. I stopped short. He was slender, almost Asiatic looking, wearing baggy combat trousers and a T-shirt. He was flirting, and then he was laughing at my reaction. There was not much for me to do but also smile...Janine and Bruno first fell in love as young reporters in the besieged city of Sarajevo. Years later - after endless phone calls, much of what the French call malentendu, secret trysts in foreign cities, numerous break-ups, three miscarriages, countless stories of rebel armies and a dozen wars that had passed between them - they arrive in Paris one rainy January to begin a new life together.The remnants of their separate lives, now left behind, are tentatively unpacked into their shared apartment on the Right Bank: Bruno's heavy blanket from Ethiopia, a set of long feathered arrows from Brazil, an ash tray stolen from a hotel in Algeria, and Janine's flak-jacket and canvas boots, still full of sand from the Western Desert in Iraq.But having met in another lifetime - in another world - ordinary, civilian life doesn't come easily. War has become part of them: it had brought them together, and, though both are damaged by it, neither can quite leave it behind. And the difficult journey that follows, through their mix of joy and terror at becoming parents, Bruno's battle with post-traumatic stress and addiction, and Janine's determination to make France her home, leads to an understanding of the truth that people who deeply love each other cannot always live together.A searing, profoundly moving love letter, beautifully written, Ghosts by Daylight is a powerfully raw portrait of marriage and motherhood in the aftermath of war.

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Janine di Giovanni is contributing editor for Vanity Fair and writes for many American, British and French publications. A former senior foreign correspondent for The Times, she has reported more than a dozen conflicts and has won Granada Television's `Foreign Correspondent of the Year' award, the National Magazine Award and two Amnesty International Media Awards. She is the author of four books, Against the Stranger, The Quick and the Dead, Madness Visible and The Place at the End of the World. In 2010, she was the President of the Jury of the Prix Bayeux for War Correspondents. Janine di Giovanni lives in Paris.

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'Janine di Giovanni writes with unblinking courage about war, death, marriage, motherhood, loss, love, redemption, fear -- indeed, about all the world's most pressing risks and dangers. She has seen far more of life than the rest of us, so she knows more than we do --and yet she lays down her memoir with touching and deeply honest humility. Her writing here (as ever in her remarkable career) is a great and important achievement' * Elizabeth Gilbert * 'A profound and beautiful book about the two great human struggles: Love and War. That so much hope could shine through a story of such violence and destruction is testimony to the human spirit and, of course, the breathtaking clarity of Di Giovanni's prose. It is a brilliant book about things that concern us all' * Sebastian Junger * `Only a writer as tender and intuitive as Janine di Giovanni can offer herself as a witness to some of the world's most barbarous and nightmarish wars while also deconstructing the very private unraveling of a once-beautiful love story. Ghosts by Daylight, just like its author, is brave, heroically and elegantly told, and brutally honest' * Fatima Bhutto *

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