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Robert Laffont
EAN : 9782221249352
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 272
Size : 140 x 225 mm
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Mademoiselle Papillon

Release date : 15/10/2020
A radiant novel that mixes the solemnity of a profession with self-sacrifice and resilience. The story of two nurses separated by history who do everything they can to help others and take revenge on life.
Gabrielle, living in the modern day, is a nurse in a newborn intensive care unit where she watches over babies born extremely premature. They are fragile and dependent, requiring permanent attention. She is devoted to her work, where every decision can dramatically affect the lives of these little humans. Passionate,... Gabrielle, living in the modern day, is a nurse in a newborn intensive care unit where she watches over babies born extremely premature. They are fragile and dependent, requiring permanent attention. She is devoted to her work, where every decision can dramatically affect the lives of these little humans. Passionate, generous, and sensitive, she nevertheless feels the outcome of these babies’ lives weighing down on her. Constantly on edge, she wonders how she can continue to find meaning and care for others without sinking into a depression that would cut her off from the rest of the world. But everything changes when she discovers the story of Mademoiselle Papillons.

In 1920, while World War I has ravaged Europe and left thousands of orphans in its wake, Mademoiselle Papillons, also a nurse, can no longer stand seeing children in the streets succumbing to infectious diseases simply because they are poor and live in appalling conditions. The fiery woman won’t stop at just closing wounds when there’s so much more she could do. Without ever losing her good mood or combative spirit, she will devote herself to finding somewhere to take them in. Valloires Abbey will become the place where she will save thousands of children from illness, but also from Nazi roundups during World War II.

These two women who devoted their lives to others are connected across history through a manuscript written by Gabrielle’s mother, a novelist, whose story recounting the life of Mademoiselle Papillons allows her daughter to recover the strength she was missing to fulfill her purpose.

With her delicately crafted writing, Alia Cardyn succeeds in bringing together the lives of two extraordinary women who chose to care for others despite all odds. Based on detailed research—including several interviews with newborn intensive care unit nurses as well as visiting Valloires Abbey and researching the life of Mademoiselle Papillons, who really existed— Giving Their Light to the World is a profound novel that renders homage to the strength and determination of these everyday heroines.
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EAN : 9782221249352
Shaping : BROCHE
Pages : 272
Size : 140 x 225 mm
Robert Laffont