Chapters 49-50 Summary

Gaspard told her Sarah left for the United States in 1952. She wanted to get away, to go someplace that had not been touched by the Holocaust the way France was. The entire family had been upset, especially his grandparents who loved her as their own daughter. Sarah remained unmoved; she left and never came back as far as Gaspard knew. When Julia asked what happened next, Gaspard shrugged and emitted a deep sigh. He stood and the dog followed him. Nathalie was curled up in an armchair, intent on every word either of them spoke. Julia was sure this is a story the girl would always remember.

The old man looked around the room, got more coffee for both of them, and finally sat with another sigh before he began to speak...

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