By Sebastian Faulks
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375704550, 416pp.)
Publication Date: July 11, 2000
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From the bestselling author of Birdsong comes Charlotte Gray, the remarkable story of a young Scottish woman who becomes caught up in the effort to liberate Occupied France from the Nazis while pursuing a perilous mission of her own.
In blacked-out, wartime London, Charlotte Gray develops a dangerous passion for a battle-weary RAF pilot, and when he fails to return from a daring flight into France she is determined to find him. In the service of the Resistance, she travels to the village of Lavaurette, dyeing her hair and changing her name to conceal her identity. Here she will come face-to-face with the harrowing truth of what took place during Europe's darkest years, and will confront a terrifying secret that threatens to cast its shadow over the remainder of her days. Vividly rendered, tremendously moving, and with a narrative sweep and power reminiscent of his novel Birdsong, Charlotte Gray confirms Sebastian Faulks as one of the finest novelists working today.
Sebastian Faulks is best known for his trilogy of novels set in France: The Girl at the Lion d’Or, Birdsong, and Charlotte Gray, the latter two of which were bestsellers. After a period in France, he and his family now live in London.
"A miraculous novel. . . . Faulks is a master indeed." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Eloquent and moving. . . . A page turner for grown-ups, a novel with the rich detail of a great historical narrative." -The Baltimore Sun
"There is no shortage of dramatic tension, excitement or persuasive detail [in Charlotte Gray]. . . . Mr. Faulks is a prodigiously talented writer." --The New York Times
"This powerful novel...explodes into an immensely gripping tale." --The Wall Street Journal
"What begins as a conventional love story becomes an adventure of the spirit... Charlotte Gray has depth and texture." --The Washington Post