Admiration, love, and wonderment are conveyed in a way that only a granddaughter could throughout the entirety of A Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot. She relays the summarized details of the tribulations that her Holocaust-surviving grandmother and grandfather endured, and tries to piece together how a couple that made it through their harrowing experiences would somehow decide that they cannot stand to be in each others presence decades later. Growing up, Mouillot knew that there was more detail to her grandparents' story and she made it her quest to sort it out. This book centers around what must have happened during WWII and the Holocaust that led to the demise of her grandparents' relationship, but it also reveals in heart-felt honesty the ever-changing relationship that loved ones have when a grandparent is diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer's disease. This book will speak to your soul, and will simultaneously break your heart while giving you a profound sense of satisfaction. If you are looking for a book with depth, I highly recommend the experience of reading the story of Anna and Armand.
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*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.