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An Impossible Return: A Novel by [Caroline Laurent, Jeffrey Zuckerman]

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What would you do if you had to keep a devastating secret from the one you love, a secret that could literally force you apart? An Impossible Return is a dazzling star-crossed love story—and one that immediately drew me in. But it’s also so much more. Set against the 1960s decolonization of Mauritius, the story follows Gabriel, a British officer, and local islander Marie as their love flourishes, only to be torn apart in a swirl of political events.

Marie is a strong-willed and independent woman of the Chagos archipelago, a dependency of Mauritius. Gabriel, the secretary to the archipelago’s Mauritian administrator, immediately catches her eye, and the two lovers quickly start a family. Then Mauritius votes to gain independence from Britain, secretly betraying the Chagossian people in the process. Gabriel feels forced to keep it from Marie, a shocking betrayal will change both their worlds forever.

At once a story of injustice, the bonds of family, and the cost of freedom,
An Impossible Return stands out for the way it brings to life the crushing consequences of power and politics. Reading this novel filled my heart with joy, anger, and pain in turn. Will the love between Gabriel and Marie survive the upheaval? You’ll have to read it and see.

—Marilyn Brigham, Editor

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Caroline Laurent is the bestselling Franco-Mauritian author of An Impossible Return, winner of the Prix Maison de la Presse 2020, Prix Louis-Guilloux 2020, and Prix du Salon du Livre du Mans 2020. She also cowrote, with Evelyne Pisier, Et soudain, la liberté (And Suddenly, Freedom), which won the Grand Prix des Lycéennes de ELLE.

Jeffrey Zuckerman has translated many French works into English, including books by the artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and the Dardenne brothers; the queer writers Jean Genet and Hervé Guibert; and the Mauritian novelists Ananda Devi, Shenaz Patel, and Carl de Souza. A graduate of Yale University, he has been a finalist for the TA First Translation Prize and the French-American Foundation Translation Prize and has been awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and the French Voices Grand Prize. In 2020 he was named a Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09RK5PBHC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Amazon Crossing (Dec 1 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 12354 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 350 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1542035015
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Caroline Laurent is the bestselling Franco-Mauritian author of An Impossible Return, winner of the Prix Maison de la Presse 2020, the Prix Louis-Guilloux 2020, and the Prix du Salon du Livre du Mans 2020. She also cowrote, with Evelyne Pisier, Et soudain, la liberté (And Suddenly, Freedom), which won the Grand Prix des Lycéennes de ELLE.

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