Ere I Saw Elba is the second book in the Elba trilogy ( Able Was I being the first). The book begins with Brigitte Sureau’s release from a Nazi internment camp near Paris on August 17, 1944 and tackles universal themes like the human ability for forgiveness and redemption.
Amidst the turmoil of World War II, the reunited Sureau family become France’s postwar standard for reconciliation. Their notoriety veils the family’s quiet disintegration as they quietly grapple with love and betrayal. Fifty years later, a chance encounter exposes fact from fiction in a story that is enchanting and ultimately revelatory.
Reviewed by IR Staff