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The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman Book Review

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The Lost WifeTitle:  The Lost Wife
Author:  Alyson Richman
Publisher:  Berkley Trade
Release Date:  September 6, 2011
Pages:  352
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About the Book:

A rapturous novel of first love in a time of war-from the celebrated author of The Rhythm of Memory and The Last Van Gogh.

In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there’s an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers…

Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit- and the strength of memory.

Wanda’s Review:

A compelling and emotional novel about a love story and marriage interrupted by the dark days of the Holocaust. This book gives vivid descriptions of Jewish families placed in Terezin, a place of great deprivation, where the gut wrenching stench of dirty latrines and unwashed bodies were unbearable. It gets much worse as families are eventually moved to Aushwitz, where the gas chambers and crematoriums burned seven days a week…where families left their world of suffering in a chimney of smoke.

This book is achingly sad, but a book everyone should read about the tragedy and survival during this bleak period of historical. A heart wrenching novel and one of my all time favorites!  My rating 5 stars.

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About the Author:

Alyson Richman is the nationally bestselling author of The Mask Carver’s Son, The Rhythm of Memory (previously published as Swedish Tango), The Last Van Gogh and The Lost Wife. Her novels have been published in fifteen languages. Her forthcoming novel, The Garden of Letters, will be published in 2014.


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