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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman

Title:  The Lost Wife
Author:  Alyson Richman
Publisher:  Berkley Trade
Release Date:  2011
Pages:  352
The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
About the Author:  

Biography


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.

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!  This is one of my all time favorite reads - my rating 5 stars.