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Dieppe Crossing

Dieppe Crossing

by Betty L. McLane-Iles

About The Book

A ferry crossing of the Channel from Newhaven, southeast England, to Dieppe in northern France is regularly undertaken by middle-aged Anglo-American protagonist Jena Cohn. The events which follow her indebtedness to a strong mysterious Frenchwoman, who pulls her up from the sea during her voyage into France, lead Jena to explore the depths of her new friend's past and family history. Jena Cohn, a lonely alcoholic expatriot, engages in a crossing over time into the days of resistance and retribution of the Spanish Civil War, of the French Resistance, of the Occupation of France and back towards the present. Her repayment of indebtedness to the Frenchwoman who had saved her life becomes Jena's own salvation.

Publication date August 12,2021
Language English
ISBN (Paperback)
978-1-63871-169-8 (E-BOOK)
Genre Fiction, Contemporary
Pages 206
Interior Color Black and White
Book Size 6.000" x 9.000" (229mm x 152mm)

About The Author

Betty Louise McLane-Iles has been a Professor of French at Truman State University in northeast Missouri since 1982. She works on historical biography and fiction, frequently in partnership with her husband, Lawrence Irvine Iles, a British historian and Labour politician. Her perspective of art and life has been strongly influenced by her congressional service, by her travels, by her teaching, by her community and union activism and by the progressive humanitarian principles of European and Québéois women leaders whom she has known.

McLane-Iles is both an educator and a writer of essays, fiction, and drama. Her published writings include Uprooting and Integration in the Writings of Simone Weil (1986, Peter Lang, Inc., second edition by Louise Douglas Global Publications is forthcoming), and the history play, The Last Duchess (1996, Minerva Press). Dieppe Crossing is her first novel. 


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