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Child Faces Hunger, Fear During German Occupation in Y.M. Massonís New Novel

Dog Ear Publishing reviews a new novel that follows a young boy through the German occupation of Paris during World War II. Young Alainís life is changed forever as he faces hunger, fear and deprivation with courage beyond his years.

Fort Lauderdale, FL, June 26, 2019 --( Five-year-old Alain and his mother were walking to the bakery when their world turned upside down: German war planes appeared, strafing the city and causing panic. As he nursed a minor wound, young Alain realized that life as he knew it was about to change forever. His story is told in author Y.M. Masson’s new novel, “When Paris Was Dark: A Sliver of WWII History,” released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Soon, Alain and his friends became accustomed to things that would have been unimaginable before the war. Hunger, pain and a lack of parental attention became the norm as they fought to survive the crushing Nazi occupation of the city they loved. Can Alain and his friends wait out the oppressive Nazi regime until the City of Light is liberated?

In “When Paris Was Dark,” Masson uses his personal experience with wartime occupation to create three-dimensional characters that make readers feel that they’re experiencing the pain and horror of war. Alain and his friends and family represent the real people whose lives were upended by the Nazi regime.

This is the first novel by Masson, who experienced the horrors and hardships of German occupation as a young boy in Paris. He served in the French army, fighting in the Algerian war, and moved to New York City in 1965. Masson pursued U.S. citizenship in the early 1970s. After a stint in corporate America as a marketing executive, Masson turned to the arts. An accomplished portrait artist, Masson felt it was important to share his own experiences during WWII.

When Paris Was Dark: A Sliver of WWII History
Y.M. Masson
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-6907-4 244 pages $15.00 US

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