Lost Wife, TheRichman, Alyson
To stay or to go ... Lenka Kohn must choose between remaining with her family in Prague as the Nazis invade or fleeing with her young husband Josef to USA. Separated by war, each believes the other dead; Lenka in a concentration camp and Josef in a torpedoed ship. Decades later they unexpectedly encounter one another at a wedding in New York.
Inspired by true events, this is a profoundly moving love story that reflects on the haunting power of first love and our ability to endure, as well as adding to our knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust.
Comments from GroupsThe group loved the book - so well written, but some found it hard because of the subject matter. The fact that some characters were based on real people made it even more of a gripping read. Ohope 006 A moving and well told story of love that survived the atrocities of Terezin and Auschwitz. Matua 001 We all very much enjoyed the book, and thought it beautifully written. The more harrowing aspects of the story were easier to read in the knowledge that Josef and Lenka would be reunited. There was some exasperation with Lenka's character, and with her choice to remain behind with her family instead of leaving with Josef. All felt it was an unrealistic choice to have made, and that it put paid to any chance of gertting the family to safety. Christchurch 113 This book was touching, thought provoking and beloved - everything needed for a great discussion! Gisborne 006 Mixed opinion about this book. Some beautiful writing - one member said it was "moving and romantic". We all agreed that the subject is worthwhile as a reminder of how human beings are frail, and our civilised veneer is very thin at times. Other members of the group felt it was overwritten and unbelievable - it lurched from being literary to a good light read. Taupo 006 A very positive reaction by the group to this book. One had seen the childrens' paintings that are in the Jewish Museum in Prague, which mad it even more moving. Doyle 001