The fifth and last in a series of novels whose plots are strung on ""the past fifty years of French life"". Elizabeth is the daughter of and who (presumably ) was married, had a disastrous affair and a she is busy picking up the while France is undergoing occupation and liberations. Elizabeth is the very moral daughter of small restaurant owners, and her has to be taken somewhat for granted, , like the charm of most of the characters, it exists most in the eyes of the author and apparently in the minds of the various men Elizabeth . Her first independent act is to establish a small shop in Paris. Here she presently meets and rejects her old lover, then has a passionate affair with a married man. while living with her parents, she re-meets her former husband, , and through him, the Russian whose family has just been killed by the Germans. After more Elizabeth marries Boris and they survive the liberation is killed... The writing is smooth, and so are the morally human , and although the war scenes are good, they haven't much to His audience by now should be calculable.