The Light That Remains: The Making Of An Escape Artist by Lyse ChampagneThe Light That Remains: The Making Of An Escape Artist by Lyse Champagne

The Light That Remains: The Making Of An Escape Artist

byLyse Champagne

Paperback | April 18, 2016

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The despair of refugees has haunted us long before the civil war in Syria. Lyse Champagne's evocative new story collection attempts to put these collective and individual tragedies into an historical context.Two Armenian sisters write to each other in the year leading up to the deportations.&nbsp A young Ukrainian mother embroiders her life story as famine threatens.&nbsp A boy travels to Hong Kong by train while the Japanese march towards his hometown of Nanjing.&nbsp A Jewish girl collects words and falls in love as she hides in a French mountain village in 1942.&nbsp A Cambodian refugee recalls his childhood in his home country and his new life in Canada on a makeshift stage.&nbsp A Rwandan family prepares to emigrate days before President Habyarimana's plane is shot down.These stories span the twentieth century and reach into the twenty-first. We discover letters, maps, and the kindness of strangers.&nbsp Word lists, a falling piano, and young love.&nbsp Hiding places, history lessons, and conversations around the table. Music, a makeshift stage, and life breathed into memories.
Lyse Champagne writes in French and in English. Her stories have appeared in Descant, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Room of One's Own, Windsor Review, and Wascana Review. She is the author of Double Vision, a memoir about growing up French in Ontario, and a play, Chicane de famille, which won the David Smith Playwriting Pri...
Title:The Light That Remains: The Making Of An Escape ArtistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:237 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:April 18, 2016Publisher:Great Plains PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927855403

ISBN - 13:9781927855409

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Editorial Reviews

"Champagne has put a face and intimate details to all of these tragedies. They become individual tragedies, not just geo-political calamities ... She carries you through each story like you are in a sailboat pushed by gentle breezes over calm waters." - The Ottawa Citizen"even though the stories in Champagne's collection are heartbreaking, their resolute focus on humanity in thrall to the tides of history keeps a reader returning, however tenderly ... The Light That Remains is a haunting read." - Quill & Quire"With clear, elegant prose and a compassionate voice, Lyse Champagne explores loss, love, kindness, hope, despair, the need to survive. In so doing, she forces into the reader's heart a deeper understanding of the anguish and strength that resides in the human spirit when worlds are shattered beyond recognition." - Jury Comments, Danuta Gleed Literary Award