The Storyteller of Casablanca By Fiona Valpy

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The Storyteller of Casablanca By Fiona Valpy

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Book/Novel Author: Fiona Valpy

Book/Novel Title: The Storyteller of Casablanca

 

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In this evocative tale from the bestselling author of The Dressmaker’s Gift, a strange new city offers a young girl hope. Can it also offer a lost soul a second chance?

Morocco, 1941. With France having fallen to Nazi occupation, twelve-year-old Josie has fled with her family to Casablanca, where they await safe passage to America. Life here is as intense as the sun, every sight, smell and sound overwhelming to the senses in a city filled with extraordinary characters. It’s a world away from the trouble back home—and Josie loves it.

Seventy years later, another new arrival in the intoxicating port city, Zoe, is struggling—with her marriage, her baby daughter and her new life as an expat in an unfamiliar place. But when she discovers a small wooden box and a diary from the 1940s beneath the floorboards of her daughter’s bedroom, Zoe enters the inner world of young Josie, who once looked out on the same view of the Atlantic Ocean, but who knew a very different Casablanca.

It’s not long before Zoe begins to see her adopted city through Josie’s eyes. But can a new perspective help her turn tragedy into hope, and find the comfort she needs to heal her broken heart?
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I felt ahs though I was in Morocco and feel so much empathyfor the refugees from Afghanistan and Haiti and Mexico
Well written, holds your interest,wonderful twists. I’ve never read this author, but will look for her other book snow.

I’ve read several of Ms. Valpy’s books. Her characters come to life on the pages, and her storylines pull you in to their lives, anxiously hoping for good outcomes.This one did not disappoint.
The language, characters, and history woven together to tell the tales of so many displaced by war and violence. The grief and hope. The unexpected twists and turns. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Incredibly creative storytelling that is so vivid that you find yourself transported to Casablanca walking the streets, reading ice cream as purple notes are secretly passed, or sitting on the floor of the refugee center piecing together the quilt of many stories. I highly recommend you take this journey through two times past…Josie’s and Zoe.
Enjoyed every page of this book. Such a great story that intertwined the past and present in fascinating Casablanca. Highly recommend it !!!!

 

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