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

Author(s): Miranda Richmond Mouillot

Biography, Memoir & Autobiography

After surviving World War II by escaping the Nazi occupation, Miranda Richmond Mouillot'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. The two never saw or spoke to each other again. This is the deeply involving account of Miranda's journey to find out what happened. To discover the roots of this embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to the old stone house, now a crumbling ruin, where she immerses herself in letters and archival materials, slowly teasing stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents. Along the way she 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 detail, A Fifty-Year Silence is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations.

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* Author tour to Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne in Feb/March of 2015 * Extract to be placed in weekend glossy magazine such as Good Weekend * Press interviews in newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald, Age, West Australian, Canberra Times, Courier Mail and New Zealand Herald * Interviews on national radio such as RN Life Matters and Radio NZ Kim Hill * Radio interviews on local ABC radio across Australia * Review coverage across all broadsheet and tabloid newspapers * Review coverage in women's magazines and online * Author to write piece for Marie Claire and The Hoopla * Chapter samplers available to the trade * Wide distribution of reading copies before Christmas (including to influential readers) * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Griffith Review, the Monthly, and on their associated websites * Display advertising on culture websites for women such as The Hoopla * Significant budget for trade cataloguing and promotions * Promotions and giveaways with targeted subscriber groups, including book, classical music and opera lovers * Featured in Text newsletters and website

'A tender portrait of a family and the inheritance-and obligation-of memory. A stunning debut.' -- Kristina Olsson

Miranda Richmond Mouillot was born in North Carolina, USA but now lives in the South of France with her husband, daughter, and cat. She works as an independent translator and editor. A Fifty-Year Silence is her first book.

General Fields

  • : 9781922182586
  • : Text Publishing Co
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : December 2014
  • : 23.40 cmmm X 15.30 cmmm
  • : Australia
  • : January 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Miranda Richmond Mouillot
  • : Paperback
  • : 215
  • : en
  • : 940.5318092
  • : 320