The World That We Knew (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The World That We Knew (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Alice Hoffman

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This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition features an essay on the mystical element of the golem.

In Berlin in 1941 during humanity’s darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman.

In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it’s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.

Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she's destined to be.

What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.

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ISBN-13: 9781982138011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/24/2019
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 8,141
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The World That We Knew, The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers. She lives near Boston.


Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

March 16, 1952

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A., Adelphi University, 1973; M.A., Stanford University, 1974

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The World That We Knew (B&N Exclusive Edition) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I'm not sure I've ever been in love with a book before I am now I didn't want it to end perfection!
Anonymous 4 months ago
What a gorgeous book, one of those that takes you inside an ever expanding universe.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is the story that will stay with you long after the last word is read. If you do not shed a tear you have no soul. This is probably the best story this author has ever written thank you.
paigereadsthepage 5 months ago
I have to admit that I was ambivalent about the description of this novel, but I was completely swept off of my feet. From the first line, you are pulled into the world painted by Alice Hoffman. Yes, this is historical fiction with a splash of magical realism; and yes, it is awesome. This book is filled with insightful quotes, and will saturate you with sensibility and nostalgia. From the involvement of the Huguenots, Jewish resistance groups, Operation Spring Breeze, etc., I was blown away by the amount of history she incorporated. I would say that there is more history surrounding the characters in this novel than fantasy. While this novel does bare magic, the story revolves around the setting in history. The fantasy advances the internal conflict within the social setting of Germany and France itself while magical realism vividly paints this picture over the atmosphere of WWII that have never been put into words before. Beasts, angels, and fate contribute to the blanket of symbolism and metaphorical environment of Nazi occupied territories. I did not enjoy when the golem is made in the beginning. The creation itself seemed to unnecessarily drag on and it almost made me want to stop reading. However, it was only for a chapter, although a tiresome long chapter. This was minute and not enough to take off a star. If you like WWII novels, I recommend adding this to your list. Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster, and Alice Hoffman for giving me the opportunity to read and review this novel. The opinions in this review are my own.
cloggiedownunder 5 months ago
The World That We Knew is the twenty-eighth stand-alone novel by best-selling American author, Alice Hoffman. By 1941, life is difficult and dangerous for Jews living in Berlin. Widow Hanni Kohn knows they must escape, but her mother’s paralysis means she can’t leave. To send her beloved twelve-year-old daughter, Lea alone to family in Paris would be folly, so she uses her last resort, precious family jewels, to pay for a protector. Ettie is the eldest daughter of a rabbi, and has surreptitiously absorbed his teachings and rituals. When her mother unreservedly refuses to help Hanni, Ettie claims to know how to create a golem. Her price: passage on the night train to Paris for her sister Marta and herself. The golem that the women create is unlike any other: a woman whose only mission is to keep Lea safe. But a golem which exists too long becomes too powerful, and when Lea later learns what she must ultimately do, she is torn. In Paris, Lea and her “cousin”, Ava join the household of Professor Andre Levi, whose maid, Marianne, has just abandoned her post to return to her father on his farm. Ava’s powers allow her to easily fill the role, but her surveillance of Lea cannot prevent the close connection that forms between her and young Julien Levi, no matter who disapproves. But Paris, too, is becoming unsafe for Jews, and Ava removes Lea to another shelter. Lea barely has time to implore Julien “Stay alive.” Who knows if they will ever see each other again. This is a story that spans the years of the Second World War and ranges from Berlin to Paris to several parts of country France. Information about the golem and other mystical aspects is seamlessly integrated into the narrative. The cast of characters is not small, but many of them connect and reconnect, if only fleetingly. These represent the many real-life brave, generous, ordinary people who had a myriad of reasons to help the persecuted and resist the oppressor. The circumstances of minor characters are often detailed using a small vignette of their lives. Where they encounter Ava, Hoffman uses the golem’s power of knowledge to note the fate of their loved ones and she frequently takes the opportunity to include the staggering statistics about the incarceration and death of those persecuted by the Nazi regime. To make it more interesting, she throws her characters the occasional dilemma. Of course, among the many deaths, Hoffman realistically does not spare all of her protagonists for a Hollywood happy-ever-after. But rather than concentrating on atrocities, Hoffman makes this a moving and uplifting tale by showcasing those kind and charitable characters, giving them a starring role. Readers should be ready for some lump-in-the-throat moments. A stirring and thought-provoking read. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Simon and Schuster
OBXreaderNC 7 days ago
I was so excited to see she had a new book! A Marriage of Opposites was one of my all time favorites. This new one was so good!! A bit magical for an otherwise horrible history. I couldn't put it down and it was so well written. Interesting to read about this from the children's perspective. So good!
Clarita 18 days ago
The story begins in Berlin at the start of the Holocaust, when Jews were captured, tortured, sent to work camps or gassed to death. Millions of Jews died during the 2nd world war. Many families tried to save their children by sending them away and Ms Hoffman has crafted a remarkable story of how one Mom (Hanni) searched out how to make a golem to protect her daughter while escaping the fray. She went to the rabbi, but he refused to have anything to do with it. His daughter Etta had overheard how it was done and offered to help. Out of clay and water a mystical woman called Ava was made. Her goal in life was to protect Hanni’s daughter Lea. They were to travel by train to relatives in Paris. Etta decided she would also leave with her younger sister. All did not go as planned. Etta and her sister’s papers were poor, and when the authorities came on the train checking papers Etta realised they had to escape. Escape she did, but her sister was event that resonated throughout the story. Lea and Ava escaped to the relatives in Paris, but soon Paris was also being being searched for Jews. Ava continued to protect Lea, she was superhuman in many ways, but still a golem. Lea often wanted to be rid of her, but Lea had a job to do and she was not to be distracted. They finally had to escape Paris. This is a story of brutality, generosity, love and amazing courage, with an added mystical characters Ava. She makes the story for me. I highly recommend this book, it is one that will not easily be forgotten due to the appalling, terrorizing treatment of the Jews, the resistance that developed, but also how the author introduced a golem.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book was very moving. The combination of magic and history worked. My mother is Jewish and left Germany because of the Nazis in 1939. Then she went to the Philippines and experienced the war on the Pacific front which she would not have had to do if Hitler had not come to power. I mention my mother's background because books given my family's history the Holocaust is a sensitive subject. However, I felt that Alice Hoffman handled the subject very well. Usually, I leave it to the publishers to describe the content of the book. However, I think it is worth mentioning that most of the action in the book takes place in France. People who like Alice Hoffman's book The Dovekeepers will probably like this book. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
CPAC2012 3 months ago
In Germany, 1941, Hanni Kohn realizes that she won’t be able to escape the country with her daughter without sinning against her confined mother Bobeshi. That is how Hanni ends up visiting a rabbi’s home to convince his wife to plead a cause on her behalf: to create a golem to steer Hanni’s daughter, Lea, to safety all throughout the war years. The rabbi’s wife refuses, but her daughter does the task for a fee; she creates a golem, a female one they name Ava. Ava and Lea escape Berlin with forged papers for the apparent safety of a relative’s home in Paris, but soon the horrors follow; Paris is no longer a safe haven for Jews, national or foreign. When all the Jews of Paris are rounded up in two-days’ time, and confined to a velodrome with fate unknown, Ava and Lea must escape once again, but where to, when the entire continent has been seized by violence? Heartbreaking and lyrical, The World That We Knew is a starkly original take on the well-trodden topic of World War II, taking, as starting points, elements of Russian and Jewish folklore to underscore the plight of the “errand children” of WWII in a story that is fresh and haunting in equal measure. Just because the novel is relatively light on horrors doesn’t mean that the audience is spared details of the fast descent into madness occurring in Germany and France in the 1940s, of the humiliations and tragedy of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. We get a glimpse, that not because of its briefness loses its intensity, of the events leading to the roundup of Jewish families at Vel d’Hiver in Paris, summer 1942, and the ultimate fates of those confined. Through various characters, male and female, we are also treated to the way ordinary people became extraordinary by resisting violence in whatever form they could. By using a creature steeped in myth, Alice Hoffman subtly explores profound questions such as whether it is possible to cheat death, what makes us human, how to remain human in an inhumane world, who to trust when everyone around is a potential enemy, and who to trust with caring for a loved one when one is prevented from doing so. In The World That We Knew, Alice Hoffman makes us ponder about the big and the small, about love and how to express it, about being extraordinary in small ways. All these quandaries she has posed with a light touch, a firm hand, and lyricism to spare.
SCmomKM 3 months ago
This was a solid historical fiction read. I will probably look up the references in the back to learn more about the children's home that was raided and several other events in France during the Holocaust period. There is a bit of magical realism in the form of a golem, but it is well done and does not over-power the story. I loved the golem's relationship with the heron. It felt symbolic. The story, however, revolves around several young people and their struggle to survive as well as help others survive. The writing is a bit prosaic but I enjoyed it.
Sunshine1006 4 months ago
Alice Hoffman has not written a book that I didn't love. This is one of my favorites. It is well written with characters that you care about. This story is set in WWll France. It's a story of the pain and suffering of separation of family and friends. What won't you do for the ones you love? It will have you crying from the harsh realities of war, but with hope that never stops. It is a magical story with a Golem created with love for a child. The story is well researched and the history of that time captured as it really was. I recommend this book highly. I received this book from Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for a honest review..
MichelleKenneth 4 months ago
I thought I'd read it all when it came to what happened to the Jews during WWII. This book surprised me with little bits that went well beyond the concentration camps. It was surprising to read how people treated each other. I didn't know about the Paris arena. I mean, there was so much that made me gasp in horror that a whole group of people could do this to other human beings. I mean, I believed that there was evil during that time, but adding these little bits of information to what happened made evil seem even more evil than I could ever have imagined. While this book from Alice Hoffman was extraordinary, "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" still remains my favorite. Hoffman is true to her storytelling by adding just a little bit of magic to her stories and this one comes in the form of a golem and Jewish mysticism. If you liked "The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker, you will enjoy this story about a desperate mother in Berlin who enlists the help of another woman to help her build a golem to protect her daughter. The golem takes this girl from Berlin and delivers her to Paris and then to various regions in the South in order to keep the girl safe. The golem's ability to adapt to her humanity and change to suit their circumstances at such lightning speed is extraordinary. In the end, the girl must decide whether to destroy the golem or to let her live. I found myself hoping she would let the golem live. This was such a great story. I learned so much. The dance of the crane was just so beautiful to imagine. A monster dancing with a crane is a sight to behold in one's mind. The relationship the two creatures have would make it appear as if they were two creatures in love, always finding each other wherever they may roam. The way Hoffman could create beauty during one of the darkest times in mankind's history is magic within itself.
tbenne 4 months ago
This book reminds me so much of Tolstoy’s War and Peace that I wished it went on longer to really emulate it. It’s been 30+ years since I’ve read that remarkable tome, but the vivid and powerful words Alice Hoffman uses to describe each setting brought back the magnificence of Tolstoy’s story. Yes, I am comparing the two because the writing is so impressive in “The World That We Knew.” Being an historical fiction lover, this was a completely different view of my previous reads on WWII. The story weaves completely separate families and lives into each other in an invisible and believable way. Hanni, as a mother, was portrayed realistically – I was caught in feeling her emotions: What would I do? Could I do that? The heartbreak of not knowing if your child will be better or worse because of your decision. She does what she can, reaching out to unfamiliar paths, to make the best of what her decision comes to be. Throughout the life of Ava, her daughter’s protector, I am wondering where it is going, does she really care for Lea? And then I found myself understanding and ‘seeing’ Ava from a different perspective. Again, the writer has captured that style of writing where she doesn’t bury your face in explanations, but leads you around to feeling it yourself. You don’t know exactly when you started feeling this way. There is heartbreak, yes, and times when you know this doesn’t bode well for the character. Times when you’re sure they cannot survive this and then are surprised when they do. Or don’t… This read has many female leads, but I believe a man would enjoy it as well. Strong characters, extremely compelling writing and vividness of surroundings and time create an unforgettable story. I, like other reviewers, wish it had not ended. This is the best read of my year, maybe this decade. Five stars.
deb-oh 4 months ago
The World That We Knew Alice Hoffman #TheWorldThatWeKnew #NetGalley Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read this one! I received this copy from NetGalley for an honest Review: I am still reeling from this has been a long time since a book as grabbed me by the heart and didn't let go. What does it mean to be human? What price would you pay for your daughters, your sons? How can people be so cruel? How can they be so loving? The atrocities of the Holocaust, the price paid for being different, the intolerance of one race over another still has the ability to make my skin crawl and my heart is something we should NEVER forget. In a world that seems upside down today, we should all take a moment to remember the lives lost and the horrible things that were done. But amidst all of the horror there were those who loved, who took unbelievable chances to help & save so many. This story made me cry, made me mad, made me hopeful & made me remember what true love means, what love can endure...what love means. I Loved This Book, every word!
Aqswr 4 months ago
Sometimes it feels that while the Holocaust should never be forgotten, perhaps there have been enough tales of families lost and the overwhelming grief that ensues for the survivors. How to remember while forgetting, and living, has been the blessing and the curse. Then along comes Alice Hoffman with her gift for the magical amidst the banal and the reader is at once uplifted, beyond the grim facts and the horror. She writes of bravery and weakness, violence and tenderness, love and evil. And she does this almost exclusively through the eyes and actions of children and teens although this is an adult book. While we wonder how the evildoers will ever regain their humanity, she offers us a Golem in search of a heart. Not unlike the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz but the Golem doesn’t quite know for what it searches. This book is a wonder. I received my copy from the publisher through NetGalley. Many thanks for the privilege.
Jeannie3doxie 4 months ago
This is my first book by Alice Hoffman and it won't be the last! It was simply amazing! I loved everything about it. I loved the characters. It is an amazing story. It's everything it's promised to be and more! Thank you so much, Alice Hoffman, the publisher, and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read and review this book! I may want to read it again at some point.
Anonymous 4 months ago
The World That We Knew, loved this book! A very different story that I could not put down. I love a book like this that keeps your interest from page one to the very end. I am certainly going to read more of Alice Hoffman’s books.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I like Alice Hoffman though my love for her books is uneven. [she is quite prolific; one can't be expected to like/love them all equally]. This one--not such much. 3.5 but cannot round up--I am [again] in the minority. Perhaps I needed to take more of a break from WWII/Holocaust novels though this is not a bash over the head/concentration camp tome. Rather, it is deals more with other issues such as the resistance/Vichy France, and the plight of Jewish orphans. And, it is one of Hoffman's magic realism/mystical reads--though in spurts [and more towarrds the end]. Good vs evil, love and loss, what is real? [lots of magical realism/folk tales]. Ettie, daughter of a rabbi, creates a golem--named Ava--at the behest of Hanni Kohn. Ava's charge is to protect Lea, Hanni's daughter---and to leave Berlin with her. It is primarily a story of these women [and more--e.g., Madeleine/Marie, (mother superior) , Marianne--a farmer's daughter, and Bobeshi, Lea's grandmother [the source of many folk tales of wolves, etc]. Men also have a role--in particular Victor and Julien Levi, Dr. Girard, a heron, and Azriel, the Angel of Death. Certainly well-written. I think my favorite phrase was "...the air was eggshell thin." I liked Ava the most--she was a fully developed character though I don't believe that was her creator's intention. One detraction for me was that I predicted nearly every story arc. And no spoiler from me--the ending.
Kacey14 4 months ago
Rating: 5 wondrous stars I finished this amazing book a few days ago, and just wanted to sit in the afterglow of the story before trying to put my feelings about the book into a review. This book tackles a horrible era in world history with grace and imagination. It’s not a ‘La-La-La Happy All the Way’ story. In fact, it’s pretty bleak all the way. However, it is such a wonderfully creative book. I was pulled deeper into its depths with each page, and left stunned by the beauty of the book by the ending. With ‘The World That We Knew’, Alice Hoffman has written a modern classic. I’ve read many non-fiction and historical fiction books about WWII and the Holocaust. This one is so unique. Ms. Hoffman blends Jewish traditions with magical realism to bring forth a golem at the beginning of the story. I was skeptical when I read this element on the book blurb, but this character works so well in the book. I’m glad that it was included. I grew to love Ava as much as each of the other characters. She was not at all what I was expecting a golem to be. We initially meet Hanni Kohn and her 12-year-old daughter Lea as they are trying to survive in a Berlin, Germany that is becoming ever more dangerous for Jews. Hanni will do anything to protect her daughter, including imploring help from the rabbi’s daughter, Ettie to form a creature meant to protect Lea on her journey out of Berlin. The creature, Ava’s sole purpose to protect Lea until the end of the war. We are then taken along on Lea and Ava journey. Not coincidentally, Ettie and her sister are on the same train leaving Berlin that Ava and Lea are on. From that train journey the stories diverge and intertwine again. New characters and situations are added that illuminate the growing carnage wrought by the Nazi’s in France and across Europe. The complete randomness of who survives and who doesn’t is explored. We also meet brave souls who risk it all as Resistance fighters. We see good citizens who help the Jews escape, and Germans who luxuriate in their power and cruelty. That’s all of the plot outline that I’m going to provide. Please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book as soon as you can. It’s a love story, it’s a war story, it’s a fantasy in some parts, but it all works so well together. I’m standing up now to applaud Alice Hoffman. Well done! ‘Thank-You’ to NetGalley; the publisher, Simon & Schuster; and the author, Alice Hoffman, for providing a free e-ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MLyons 4 months ago
Berlin 1941. The Nazis are in control. Jews are starving, and families disappear each day. Even a minor offense can get a Jew killed. Hanni Kohn exists in the midst of all this. Her husband has been killed by the Nazis, and as much as she wants to flee, she cannot because she is unable to leave her bedridden mother alone. She can, however, try to save her 12-year-old daughter Lea. To do so, she entreats help from a rabbi but instead gets it from his daughter Ettie, who creates a “golem” in the shape of a woman from clay and water — to watch over Lea and to keep her safe until the end of the war. This golem, named Ava, will intertwine with Lea as she escapes Berlin for France, along with Ettie and Ettie’s sister. Thus begins the story of Lea’s and Ettie’s journeys to and in France as they go on the run to get away from the horrors of their homeland. I have enjoyed other of Hoffman’s novels, but this one left me flat. I struggled to get into it and struggled through most of it as I read along. Although Hoffman’s writing was as lyrically gorgeous as ever, the plot seemed to move along much too slowly, and I thought that the characters were not well developed. It was difficult for me to finish this, and I almost gave up a few times. But because of the author, I plodded on. Maybe it was that Hoffman’s usually wonderful mystical realism just didn’t work for me in a World War II setting. May it was that the idea of a “golem” coming to life to protect Lea seemed a but far-fetched. For whatever reason, this novel just did not work for me.
labmom55 4 months ago
I am not a fan of magic realism. But Alice Hoffman is the exception that proves the rule, as I have loved every book of hers that I’ve read. The book takes place during World War Two. Lea’s mother, Hanni, knows she must send her daughter Lea, away from Berlin. Ava is a golem, a soulless creature created to act as a guardian to Lea. Ettie, the daughter of a rabbi, is the one who creates Ava, thereby linking the three of them. We hear from each of them with their individual stories. Each story reveals their strength, their love, their humanity, yes, even “soulless” Ava. It’s not often that I care equally about multiple main characters. Once again, Hoffman is the exception to the rule. As always, Hoffman transports us. Numerous books have tackled the terror of the Nazi regime, yet Hoffman brought up things I’ve never read elsewhere. Her research was intense but is woven seamlessly into the stories. Primarily a story of survival, it also shows us the best and worst of humanity. My thanks to netgalley and Simon & Schuster for an advance copy of this book.
Piney10 4 months ago
I would rate this at least 4.25 or 4.5. A truly great read! A book about love, loss, good and evil. Ms Hoffman’s adept skill was able to incorporate two of her very different types of genres in her novels: the magical/mystical of Practical Magic and the strength and courage of women in times of adversity of The Dovekeepers. I was not a big fan of Practical Magic, but she truly succeeded here. A mother’s love for her daughter, Ettie, to survive the horrors, tragedies, and devastating torture of the impending doom and destruction of Nazi Germany while sacrificing her own life is the core of this novel. But it also is a story of salvation provided by Lea, the daughter of a rabbi in Germany who concocts a magical creature, a biblical golem, against all risks and in contravention of her parents to protect Ettie. It’s the stories of Ettie and Lea, the good, against the evil, and the intertwining of their lives. Well written, well defined characters, and engaging. Bravo! I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Isabelle Wagner 4 months ago
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman was a very different and new experience for me. As a frequent reader of historical fiction, I wanted to approach this book the same way at first. I didn't realize at first that there was some magical realism in this story, so I was a little hesitant about getting into the book. Once I realized what was going on though, it was much easier to be drawn in and follow along with the different people's story lines and how they intertwined. Obviously, this is based on the Holocaust during World War II but I'm not sure how accurate the different events are, including the numbers sprinkled throughout the story, aside from the magical realism. To be honest, the specific numbers always seemed to pull me out of the story and made me step back, throwing me off a little bit. The way she pointed them out just didn't seem to flow so well with the story. Overall though, it was a different approach to the much done storyline and I appreciate what the author has accomplished.
marquis784MA 4 months ago
The World That We Knew: A Novel by Alice Hoffman Sept 14, 2019 Simon and Schuster Fiction, historical Rating: 5/5 384 pages I received a digital ARC copy of this book from NetGalley and Simon and Schuster in exchange for unbiased review. I found it interesting how the author had no intentions of writing this story when approached by a fan. Apparently, the woman begged her to write “her story”. Somehow, she must have been touched and intrigued as a beautiful novel was born. In Berlin, Hanni Kohn’s husband was murdered during a riot outside a Jewish hospital in which he worked as a doctor. Hanni realizes that she must stay to protect her dying mother while finding a way to save her her 12 year old daughter, Lea. She makes a heart breaking decision to seek assistance from a respected rabbi who is known to have created mystical golems. Although she is turned away by her parents, Etti offers to perform this rare creation. It was so interesting learning about golems and their historical presence. I was fascinated by the spiritual beliefs and fears with being a creator of such a powerful being which has potential to become a monster. It can eventually destroy that which it was built to protect if not properly managed. There was a lot of Hebrew references in the novel which added to the mystical aspect. The story weaves together the lives of brave people who were willing to sacrifice to save and protect others from a horrible fate. I feel overwhelmed to describe a book which can only be experienced. This is unlike any other historical novel written about WWII. The characters and experiences and connections are rich and substantial. As with any story during this time period, there is pain and loss and redemption. My synopsis would not do the story justice.
Anonymous 5 months ago
As a fan of the author I was thrilled to receive this for review. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity, My review opinion is my own. I have read the author's previous works and enjoy her writing but this was one of her most outstanding books to date. l This was a outstanding read ! I was drawn in by the author's well crafted writing to the time of WWII and 3 strong women she features in this story. The descriptions of their heartbreak jumps off the page to the reader. This is a story of strong smart women, of perseverance through the worse of times and of starting your life over amid the rubble. The author has included outstanding historical research which is some of the best writing I have ever read about WWII. There is heartbreak, magic, war time events and wonderful life events for all 3 women. I loved this book and highly recommend it. Very well done another winning novel by Ms. Hoffman.