The Last Life

The Last Life

eBook - 2000
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A "mesmerizing" novel of a family falling apart by the New York Times bestselling author of The Burning Girl. Set in colonial Algeria, the south of France, and New England, and narrated by a fifteen-year-old girl with a ruthless regard for the truth, The Last Life is the tale of the LaBasse family, whose quiet integrity is shattered by the shots from a grandfather's rifle. As their world suddenly begins to crumble, long-hidden shame emerges: a son abandoned by the family before he was even born, a mother whose identity is not what she has claimed, and a father whose act of defiance brings Hotel Bellevue-the family business-to its knees. From the PEN/Faulkner Award-nominated author of The Emperor's Children, named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, this novel skillfully reveals how the stories we tell ourselves, and the lies to which we cling, can turn on us in a moment.
Publisher: [United States] : Mariner Books, 2000
ISBN: 9780547563855
054756385X
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

From colonial Algeria to the south of France we are taken on a mesmerizing journey of three generations united through love and conflict. Sagesse LaBasse looks back on her last life, or is it really her brother's, her father's, her grandfather's past life? The family dynamics are shattered by a violent act that rends their bonds and scatters them across the world. This is an intensely honest novel that has won numerous awards.

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