Cora Blake never dreamed she'd go to Paris. She hardly ever left the small fishing village in Maine where she grew up. Yet in the summer of 1931, courtesy of the U.S. government, she joins hundreds of other Gold Star Mothers traveling to France to say a final goodbye to their fallen sons. American casualties of World War I who were buried overseas. As these women of varied social backgrounds travel together, lifelong friendships are formed. Paperback. 330 pgs.