The Sixth Lamentation

The Sixth Lamentation

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
Larkwood Priory, England: Father Anselm is stopped by an old man. What, he is asked, should a man do when the world has turned against him? Anselm's response: claim sanctuary. But the answer sets off more trouble than he ever could have imagined when the man returns, demanding the protection of the Church. He is Eduard Schwermann, a suspected Nazi war criminal.

Agnes Aubret has unburdened a secret to her granddaughter Lucy. Fifty years earlier, Agnes was in occupied Paris, risking her life to smuggle Jewish children to safety-until her group was exposed by an SS officer: Eduard Schwermann.

Not only has the Church granted Schwermann sanctuary before; in 1944 it helped him escape from France to begin a new life in Britain. As Anselm attempts to find out why and as Lucy delves deeper into her grandmother's past, their investigations dovetail to form a remarkable story.

William Brodrick makes a dazzling debut in this literary thriller where two seemingly unconnected lives gradually, shockingly converge. Brodrick, himself a former Augustinian friar, is a master of precision plotting, morally complex characterization, and crisp historical re-creation. In Father Anselm, Brodrick has crafted a unique and compelling hero. And The 6th Lamentation promises to be the literary thriller discovery of the season.

Baker & Taylor
When a suspected Nazi war criminal demands sanctuary from his church, Father Anselm finds his investigation paralleled by a search by Lucy Aubret, whose grandmother was betrayed by the Nazi criminal when she secretly worked to rescue Jewish children.

Blackwell North Amer
Larkwood Priory, England: Father Anselm is stopped by an old man. What he is asked, should a man do when the world has turned against him? Anselm's response: claim sanctuary. But the answer sets off more trouble than he could ever have imagined - for the man returns, demanding the protection of the Church. He is Eduard Schwermann, a suspected Nazi war criminal.
With her life running out, Agnes Embleton has unburdened a secret to her granddaughter, Lucy. Fifty years earlier, as Agnes Aubret, she had lived in occupied Paris, risking her life to smuggle Jewish children to safety, until her group, The Round Table, was exposed by an SS officer: Eduard Schwermann.
It emerges that not only has the Church granted Schwermann sanctuary before, but in 1944, it helped him escape from France to begin a new life in Britain. As Anselm attempts to find out why and as Lucy delves deeper into her grandmother's past, their investigations dovetail to form a remarkable story.

Baker
& Taylor

When a suspected Nazi war criminal demands sanctuary from his church, Father Anselm finds his subsequent investigation paralleled by a search by Lucy Aubret, whose grandmother was betrayed by the Nazi criminal when she secretly worked to rescue Jewish children. A first novel. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2003
Description: viii, 387 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780670031917
0670031917
Branch Call Number: Brod

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Jul 29, 2011

Not one of my favorite periods of history to read about but this is gripping and also restrained and generous. Everything is complex, nothing is trite. Plot pounds along but character carries the nuance.

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