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Publication in France:
03 November 2011

300 pages

 
The Song of the Butterfly

Gilbert BORDES

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Arnaud, 11, has never left Paris where he was born. It's from the windows of his building, while taking refuge at his neighbor's, that he sees two men taking his mother. This memory haunts him. He is then sent to live with maternal grandparent's, farmers in the Bordeaux region. Nobody knows who his father is.

Marguerite, his grandmother, doesn't show him any tenderness. She has him look after the sheep and do minor work on the farm. On top of his club foot, the cause of cruel mockeries, Arnaud must put up with hostile comments about his mother whom many in the village call a prostitute.

But little by little, the boy will get used use to the countryside, build a friendship with his neighbors and even grow close to his family. However, a secret hovers over the town, one that can very well be tied to his mother's past. Why did she never return to the village and why did you break all ties with her parents?

Biography

Gilbert Bordes was a teacher and journalist before turning to his writing. He has published several successful novels with Belfond. He won the prix RTL Grand Public for La nuit des hulottes, and the prix Maison de la Presse for Le Porteur de destin.

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"Dans le nouveau livre de Gilbert Bordes, on retrouve toute sa sensibilité et son aisance à "croquer" les situations."Le Courrier indépendant

"Gilbert Bordes possède le souffle romanesque de l'écrivain et la précision de l'historien. C'est pudique et émouvant."Pays du Limousin

"Une enquête bien menée."L'Echo des Vosges

"Superbe histoire!"L'Echo

"Un roman dur et tendre, un mystère familial en toile de fond. Un excellent Gilbert Bordes."La Montagne

"Un roman chargé de rebondissements, ce qui permet à l'auteur de parler avec richesse et poésie, de la nature, de la forêt, de la vie villageoise , et aussi des conditions de vie des personnes seules et malades dans la campagne profonde. "L'Echo de l'ouest

"Un roman parfois dur, souvent tendre, et tellement porteur d'espoirs. "La Montagne