Author(s): Sebastian Faulks
In 1942, Charlotte Gray, a young scottish woman, goes to Occupied France on a dual mission - officially, to run an apparently simple errand for a British special operations group and unofficially, to search for her lover, an English airman who has gone missing in action. In the small town of Lavaurette, Sebastian Faulks presents a microcosm of France and its agony in 'the black years'. Here is the full range of collaboration, from the tacit to the enthusiastic, as well as examples of extraordinary courage and altruism. Through the local resistance chief Julien, Charlotte meets his father, a Jewish painter whose inspiration has failed him. In a series of shocking narrative climaxes in which the full extent of French collusion in the Nazi holocaust is delineated, Faulks brings the story to a resolution of redemptive love. In the delicacy of its writing, the intimacy of its characterisation and its powerful narrative scenes of harrowing public events, Charlotte Grayis a worthy successor to Birdsong.
'A worthy successor to Birdsong' Alain de Botton
"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"
Sebastian Faulks worked as a journalist for 14 years before taking up writing books full time in 1991. He is the author of A Trick of Light, The Girl at the Lion D'Or, A Fool's Alphabet, The Fatal Englishman, Birdsong, Charlotte Gray , On Green Dolphin Street and, most recently, Human Traces.