The Last Life

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The Last Life

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The Last Life is the story of the teenage Sagesse LaBasse and her family, French Algerian emigrants. It is set in colonial Algeria, the south of France, and New England. The LaBasse family had always believed in the permanence of their world, in which stories created from the past had the weight of truth, in which cynicism was the defense against disaster. But when shots f The Last Life is the story of the teenage Sagesse LaBasse and her family, French Algerian emigrants. It is set in colonial Algeria, the south of France, and New England. The LaBasse family had always believed in the permanence of their world, in which stories created from the past had the weight of truth, in which cynicism was the defense against disaster. But when shots from the grand-fathers rifle shatter an evenings quiet, their world begins to crumble, the reality to emerge: the bastard son abandoned by the family before he was even born; Sagesses handicapped brother for whom the family cared with Catholic dignity; her American mother who pretended to be French; the trigger-happy grandfather; and Sagesses father, whose act of defiance brought down the Hotel Bellevue, her grandfathers house built on rock, to its knees. Observed with a fifteen-year-olds ruthless regard for truth, The Last Life is a beautifully told novel of secrets and ghosts, love and honor, the stories we tell ourselves, and the lies to which we cling.


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The Last Life is the story of the teenage Sagesse LaBasse and her family, French Algerian emigrants. It is set in colonial Algeria, the south of France, and New England. The LaBasse family had always believed in the permanence of their world, in which stories created from the past had the weight of truth, in which cynicism was the defense against disaster. But when shots f The Last Life is the story of the teenage Sagesse LaBasse and her family, French Algerian emigrants. It is set in colonial Algeria, the south of France, and New England. The LaBasse family had always believed in the permanence of their world, in which stories created from the past had the weight of truth, in which cynicism was the defense against disaster. But when shots from the grand-fathers rifle shatter an evenings quiet, their world begins to crumble, the reality to emerge: the bastard son abandoned by the family before he was even born; Sagesses handicapped brother for whom the family cared with Catholic dignity; her American mother who pretended to be French; the trigger-happy grandfather; and Sagesses father, whose act of defiance brought down the Hotel Bellevue, her grandfathers house built on rock, to its knees. Observed with a fifteen-year-olds ruthless regard for truth, The Last Life is a beautifully told novel of secrets and ghosts, love and honor, the stories we tell ourselves, and the lies to which we cling.
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Title The Last Life Height 13
Claire Messud Width 2.3
ISBN-13 9780330375641 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0330375644 Spine Width
Publisher Picador USA Pages 384
Edition 2010 Availability In Stock

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