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Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - January Contents -

Emma Donoghue, $29.99 Noah Sel­vag­gio is a re­tired chem­istry pro­fes­sor who is about to em­bark on a long-awaited trip to Nice when he re­ceives a call: his 11-year-old great-nephew’s mother has died and he needs some­one to take him in. Noah agrees to foster the child, Michael, and they travel to Nice to­gether. The un­likely duo, both adrift in their lives, form a bond as they con­front Noah’s mother’s wartime se­crets. Both funny and heart-wrench­ing, this tale of an old man and a boy is beau­ti­fully writ­ten.

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