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A Fifty-Year Silence - Love, War, and a Ruined House in France

Miranda Richmond Mouillot

A young woman moves across an ocean to uncover the truth about her grandparents' mysterious estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, the author's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. A Fifty-Year Silence is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot's journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's name aloud after she left him. To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to their stone house, now a crumbling ruin; immerses herself in letters, archival materials, and secondary sources; and teases stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents. As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and how the knowledge her grandfather acquired at Nuremberg destroyed their relationship, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the burden of history, and the complexities of memory. She also finds herself learning how not only to survive but to thrive - making a home in the village and falling in love. With warmth, humor, and rich, evocative details that bring her grandparents' outsize characters and their daily struggles vividly to life, A Fifty-Year Silence is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations. From the Hardcover edition.

A young woman moves across an ocean to uncover the truth about her grandparents' mysterious estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, the author's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. A Fifty-Year Silence is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot's journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's name aloud after she left him. To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to their stone house, now a crumbling ruin; immerses herself in letters, archival materials, and secondary sources; and teases stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents. As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and how the knowledge her grandfather acquired at Nuremberg destroyed their relationship, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the burden of history, and the complexities of memory. She also finds herself learning how not only to survive but to thrive - making a home in the village and falling in love. With warmth, humor, and rich, evocative details that bring her grandparents' outsize characters and their daily struggles vividly to life, A Fifty-Year Silence is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations. From the Hardcover edition.
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A young woman moves across an ocean to uncover the truth about her grandparents' mysterious estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, the author's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. A Fifty-Year Silence is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot's journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's name aloud after she left him. To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to their stone house, now a crumbling ruin; immerses herself in letters, archival materials, and secondary sources; and teases stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents. As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and how the knowledge her grandfather acquired at Nuremberg destroyed their relationship, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the burden of history, and the complexities of memory. She also finds herself learning how not only to survive but to thrive - making a home in the village and falling in love. With warmth, humor, and rich, evocative details that bring her grandparents' outsize characters and their daily struggles vividly to life, A Fifty-Year Silence is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 25m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:41


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:31


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:16


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:52


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:08


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:56


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:25


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:12


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:31


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:30


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:07


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:04


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:56


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:43


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:47


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:10


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:37


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:39


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:18


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:29


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:58


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:21


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:21


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:47


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:40


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:49


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:31


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:50


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:24


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:26


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:15


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:51


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:29


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:13


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:39


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:17


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:26


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:29


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:07


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:43


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:54


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:56


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:39


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:24


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:34


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:28


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

00:36