The story of Angelina, a gypsy matriarch, whose tribe is exiled to the outskirts of a French city. A young librarian comes to introduce the children to books and stories. She gradually gains their confidence and accompanies them through an eventful and tragic year. Ferney’s distinctive style powerfully involves the reader in the family’s disasters, its comic moments, in th
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“Grace and Destitution” could be the translation of the original title of this short novel. Set in France it portrays a group of Gypsies who have set up camp on an abandoned piece of wasteland, on the outskirts of a city. “Grace and Destitution”: Angelina and her children in a nutshell.
From stereotypes to the harsh reality Alice Ferney delves into the lives, culture and identities of this Gypsy clan who despite “not having left the French soil since more than 400 years” still lives there as comp