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Fault Lines (2006)

by Nancy Huston

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Ugh. So did not like. No six year old expresses themselves like any of the four narrators in this novel and the use of the congenital birthmark as a symbol of inherited behavior was offensive. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Review: Fault Lines by Nancy Huston.

This book was a well written fascinating story. Nancy Huston wrote and narrated four generations by a six year olds point of view in each section written in a reverse order. Each six year old narrator relates their childhood story connecting the different version to the generations gone by. Sometimes confusing but amazingly Huston did make a connection throughout the different sections of the book.

Fault Lines is a powerful story revealing a period in history where the Nazi Lebensborn program of World War II was used. This program resulted in the abduction of more than 200,000 children from subjugated countries. The children were placed in German homes that had lost one of their own children due to the war. Four incidents center on four amazing children in one family. The four children’s names were Erra, Klarysa, GG, and Kristine.

The story starts with Sol who is a gifted, terrifying child whose mother believes he is destined for a better life because he has a birthmark like his dad, his grandmother, and his great-grandmother. The child narrator takes the reader from present day, 2004 California to 1980’s Hiafa, to 1960’s Toronto, to 1944’s Germany. As the story goes on the author slowly reveals the family secrets by hints in each narrator’s story and weaving the story together in a way to expose the mysteries of this family. While building an emotional story of the abducted children Huston’s prose is spare and skillful, placing the reader within each child’s world during times of stress, revelation and change.

The abducted children all shared the same secrets of their family and the mystery behind the birthmarks talked about within each section. Each generation was doomed to carry the baggage accumulated by those that came before them. The last part of this book regarding Germany during the war is another emotional eye-opener as many other World War II stories that sit along the shelves in many homes…..
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Wonderful, sad, profound, witty and everything you could ask for in a novel.
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
Wonderful, sad, profound, witty and everything you could ask for in a novel.
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
This story takes you backwards through a family's history. You start out in "modern" times, with a boy and his parents, then back up all the way to the war and stories of German soldiers, but it is all related through the one family. The boy annoyed me so much that I wanted to put the book down and walk away, but I am so very glad that I stuck with it. It was an interesting adventure into the history of a character, seeing someone first as an adult, then watching the events unfold that made them into the adult they are "today."

As I said before, there were parts I found incredibly frustrating, but once I moved past them I found the rest to be intriguing, touching, and highly entertaining. It was as if once I got past the breakers I could swim on in the pages forever. There are a lot of reviews that talk about the subject of the book, but don't quite review the story as a whole, but that is a hard thing to do, since it is so unique. It is really a series of short stories, told in the first person, each taking you farther back in time as you move to the end. There are times I felt some parts of the story wanted to reveal much more, but stopped short, leaving me wanting more in more ways than one.

This book was shortlisted for the Orange/Women's Prize and it is very easy to see why. There are secrets hidden in this family, but it is no secret that this is a book many will enjoy. ( )
  mirrani | Jul 6, 2015 |
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A best seller in France, with over 400,000 copies sold, and currently being translated into eighteen languages, Fault Lines is the new novel from internationally-acclaimed and best-selling author Nancy Huston. Huston's novel is a profound and poetic story that traces four generations of a single family from present-day California to WW II¨Cera Germany. Fault Lines begins with Sol, a gifted, terrifying child whose mother believes he is destined for greatness partly because he has a birthmark like his dad, his grandmother, and his great-grandmother. When Sol's family makes an unexpected trip to Germany, secrets begin to emerge about their history during World War II. It seems birthmarks are not all that's been passed down through the bloodlines. Closely observed, lyrically told, and epic in scope, Fault Lines is a touching, fearless, and unusual novel about four generations of children and their parents. The story moves from the West Coast of the United States to the East, from Haifa to Toronto to Munich, as secrets unwind back through time until a devastating truth about the family's origins is reached. Huston tells a riveting, vigorous tale in which love, music, and faith rage against the shape of evil.

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Fault Lines begins with Sol, a gifted, terrifying child whose mother believes he is destined for greatness partly because he has a birthmark like his dad, his grandmother, and his great-grandmother. When Sol's family makes an unexpected trip to Germany, secrets begin to emerge about their history during World War II. It seems birthmarks are not all that's been passed down through the bloodlines. Closely observed, lyrically told, and epic in scope, Fault Lines is a touching, fearless, and unusual novel about four generations of children and their parents. The story moves from the West Coast of the United States to the East, from Haifa to Toronto to Munich, as secrets unwind back through time until a devastating truth about the family's origins is reached.… (more)

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