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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Book Review: The Secret of the Blue Trunk

I just finished reading the true story (although catalogued as fiction)  “The Secret of the Blue Trunk” by Lise Dion. I started reading it last Saturday afternoon around 2pm, could not put it down, and read straight through until Sunday 3am.   After the death of her mother, Lise was packing away her mother’s items when she discovered the key to the blue trunk.  Lise was never permitted to open the blue trunk throughout her childhood, and often wondered what it contained.  She opened the trunk and discovered a photograph of her mother wearing a nun’s habit, and 5 notebooks.  This book is a translation of those five notebooks which reveal the amazing history of Lise’s mother, how she came to be a nun, and the powerful story of how she survived almost 5 years as a prisoner of war in Germany during WWII.


Review by Monica Gaucher, Area Librarian North

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