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Noah’s Child

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Noah's Child Eric-Emanuel Schmitt, book reviewOn Sundays Joseph puts on his best – but very ragged – clothes and performs in the weekly ‘beauty parade’, strutting across the stage at the Villa Jaune and hoping that one of the adults in the audience will recognise him and claim him as their son. Other boys are hoping for new parents to adopt them, but that can only happen when it’s confirmed that they really are orphans and not just children who’ve temporarily ‘misplaced’ their parents. Each week he walks across the stage, pauses and then turns back and returns to the school to return to his waiting game. One day he’s sure his parents will be there but until then he marches across the stage and back again. Week after week in his shoes, full of holes and held together by dirt and determination.

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