A Novel

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"Noah Selvaggio is a retired chemistry professor and widower living on the Upper West Side, but born in the South of France. He is days away from his first visit back to Nice since he was a child, bringing with him a handful of puzzling photos he's discovered from his mother's wartime years. But he receives a call from social services: Noah is the closest available relative of an eleven-year-old great-nephew he's never met, who urgently needs someone to look after him. Out of a feeling of obligation, Noah agrees to take Michael along on his trip. Much has changed in this famously charming seaside mecca, still haunted by memories of the Nazi occupation. The unlikely duo, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, bicker about everything from steak fries to screen time. But Noah gradually comes to appreciate the boy's truculent wit, and Michael's ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family's past. Both come to grasp the risks people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew. Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room an international bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy, born two generations apart, who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316491990
Branch Call Number: FICTION DONAGHUE 2019
Characteristics: 339 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Aug 29, 2019

An almost 80-year-old man makes the trip of a lifetime to Nice, France, with an 11-year-old boy. Noah is a retired professor and the boy (Michael) is his great-nephew and desperately in need of a home while his mother is in prison. In addition to the great conversations they have attempting to bridge the conversation gap, there is a mystery involving a set of snapshots that were taken by Noah's mother during WW II. Noah and Michael have an unusual chemistry together and I loved following about their adventures in Nice. I couldn't help but think of Mr. Bean's Holiday!

debwalker Aug 27, 2019

A retired New York professor's life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother's wartime secrets - Goodreads. Seems like everyone who went through WW2 had plenty of secrets.


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