The Award

The Award

A Novel

Book - 2016
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Capturing historical events, terrifying moments of danger, tragedy, the price of war, and the invincible spirit of a woman of honor, The Award is a monumental tale from one of our most gifted storytellers--Danielle Steel's finest, most emotionally resonant novel yet.

Ga#65533;lle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France and frightening changes begin to occur. She is shocked and powerless when French gendarmes take away her closest friend, Rebekah Feldmann, and her family for deportation to an unknown, ominous fate.

The local German military commandant makes Ga#65533;lle's family estate outside Lyon into his headquarters. Her father and brother are killed by the Germans; her mother fades away into madness. Trusted friends and employees become traitors. And Ga#65533;lle begins a perilous journey with the French Resistance, hoping to save lives to make up for the beloved friend she could do nothing to help.

Taking terrifying risks, Ga#65533;lle becomes a valuable member of the Resistance, fearlessly delivering Jewish children to safety under the eyes of the Gestapo and their French collaborators. Then she is suddenly approached by the German commandant with an astonishing, dangerous plan to save part of France's artistic heritage. Conducted in secret, flawlessly carried out, her missions will mark her for years, when she is falsely accused of collaboration at the end of the war. Orphaned and alone, she begins a new life in Paris, with the ghosts of the past always close at hand.

Ga#65533;lle's life will take her from Paris to New York, from a career as a Dior model to marriage and motherhood, unbearable loss, and mature, lasting love. She returns to Paris to run a small museum, honoring victims of the Holocaust. But her label as a collaborator remains, until her granddaughter, a respected political journalist, ensures that her grandmother's brave acts are recognized. Now a grateful nation will finally absolve this remarkable woman and honor her as the war hero she was.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2016]
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 25 cm
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101883853 (hardcover)


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Dec 23, 2018

Very moving novel. Gives a glimpse into the Holocaust. One of Daniell's best!

Apr 23, 2018

I stopped reading after a few boring chapters.

Sep 20, 2017

Great story. One of her best! bit draggy couple of pages but still good.

Jun 29, 2017

Great book for the Historical Fiction Fan--One of Danielle Steel's best.

Jun 12, 2017

A little slow at the beginning and a rushed finish
Not her best

caj1222204441801 Jan 22, 2017

Another home run book for Danielle Steele. Great story of a young girl who saves children during the world war with Germany. Not only does she save them but a German officier allows her to hide some of France's art works. Very well written and loved her characters so vivid. Loved it!

Dec 27, 2016

Great book, read it in two days.

Dec 22, 2016

Interesting story of that time period.


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