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Watch Over Me by Claire Corbett
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Watch Over Me

by Claire Corbett

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The pressure of my blood, the beat of my heart, is a message to you. You read each second of my body's life. It is the present day. The foggy northern city of Port Angelsund is under occupation by the soldiers of Garrison. Sylvie is a young woman just trying to survive. When she is singled out for punishment at a Garrison checkpoint, a young lieutenant rescues her from torture. Though she knows the terrible risks of collaboration, she cannot stop herself from falling in love. Watched by Garrison's vast machinery of surveillance, Sylvie discovers she is also under the protective and suspicious gaze of her lover. When her older brother returns on a terrorist mission that will throw the city into chaos, Sylvie's loyalties are tested beyond breaking point. Her deep bond with her brother and her illicit passion for her Garrison officer are loves that cannot coexist. Whatever she does is betrayal. In the spirit of Hiroshima Mon Amour and Suite Francaise, this sensual and heartbreaking novel brings the classic conflicts of war and occupation, devotion and treachery, up to the present minute. While the unimaginable power of modern warfare advances, Watch Over Me reminds us that the things at stake - survival, refuge and love - remain the things worth fighting for.… (more)

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I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret,
between the shadow and the soul.

PABLO NERUDA,

Sonnet XVII

If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.

GEORGE ORWELL,

Nineteen Eighty-four
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For the women of Troy
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The first time I met you I never saw you. I didn’t know it was you.
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