Set against the backdrop of the Dutch East Indies and Nazi-occupied
Holland, this luminous novel delivers epic themes filtered through
the rich imagination of a young girl. Living with her parents on
the island of Java in the late 1930s, five-year-old Lulu moves in a
magical world of daydreams and island myths. But when one day Lulu
innocently describes a scene she stumbled across late one night,
the repercussions are felt for many years and across two
continents. Called from the sumptuous tropics back to The Hague,
with stops in Marseilles, Paris, and London along the way, Lulu's
family is soon forced into hiding as the war approaches.
A moving account of a childhood overwhelmed by history, " "The Song
and the Truth is a profound meditation on how the paradox of
memory-at once intransigent and elusive-shapes our lives.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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