The French Baker’s War

“Absence isn’t a hole. It’s a presence living inside you, eating its way out.” France, 1943. Returning home from the daily hunt for the rationed ingredients necessary to keep his family pâtisserie open, a baker finds his four-year-old son in the street, his wife gone, and a Jewish escapee hiding behind the display case.

Meet Michael Whatling

Michael Whatling began his career as a technical writer for engineering firms in Canada and Japan. Leaving to teach at the secondary and university levels, he returned to writing by penning A Vigil for Joe Rose, a collection of young adult short stories, based on his doctoral research, that made the American Library Association’s Rainbow List. He’s the writer of the award-winning independent film, “The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova.”