Both of Sagnier’s recent novels, L’Amérique and Thirst, share common themes of the power of friendship and the urge to survive.
In L’Amérique, we deal with
* Life as seen through a child’s eyes
* The importance of family
* One family’s persistence in the face of various adversities
* The power of friendship, regardless of national origin
* Some post-war history, both French and USA
* Pharmaceutical drug addiction
L’Amérique portrays the struggle not only of a young boy in a strange new world, but those of a mother, Marité, who has difficulty coping with a lifestyle both foreign and threatening. The book also depicts the father and son’s battle to save Marité from the addiction that threatens her life and the family’s survival.