The Book of Lost Names

The Book of Lost Names

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the “epic and heart-wrenching World War II tale” (Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author) The Winemaker’s Wife. Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names. The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war? As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears. An engaging and evocative novel reminiscent of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice Network, The Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Gallery Books, 2020
ISBN: 9781982131913
Characteristics: 400 p
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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ArapahoeKati Oct 22, 2020

I love Harmel's writing and how she created complex and conflicted characters. Keep the tissues nearby...

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Zoelexi777
Oct 18, 2020

I absolutely loved this book and wanted the story to keep going. I was engrossed from the first page and had a hard time putting it down. For anyone who enjoys historical fiction you’ll love this. Highly recommend.

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maipenrai
Oct 08, 2020

I really hate it when god is brought in as a determiner in a situation like the Holocaust. You will survive if god so chooses. If god were in charge of life and death and is a benevolent god then there would not have been a Holocaust. I know, the free will argument. But to paraphrase Epicuris: Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? I cannot believe in a god who decides whether you live or die of cancer or win a football game. In this story Catholic priests play a prominent role in the life of Eva who is Jewish. At one point she says to the priest " you have redeemed me ". From what to what? Saved from being Jewish by becoming Catholic. I did not like the implication. If god is a god of love he weeps at what man does, but is incapable of treating man as his personal puppet. If he is a god of love then when we die we are one with god in spirit and experience incomparable love. I have no objection to any religion that strives to improve the world and gives a sense of sharing and comfort. This book is not listed as Christian literature. I resented this as part of the book. End of sermon. As to the story line I thought the premise was good, there was one surprise, but I found the ending to be completely predictable. Disappointing read for me. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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cat5412
Oct 08, 2020

Good book! Pretty fast read also. I was able to read it steadily and didn't need a few days break. It was an engaging story. I liked how the author had the story in both the past and present time.

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Winnipeg1
Oct 03, 2020

The fact that this story is based on real forgers in the French Resistance under the Nazis is it's saving grace. The heroine of the tale is so exasperatingly stupid her survival I would call a true miracle. The stupid girl saved & smartened up by a series of handsome men who all half way fall in love with her - it's beneath the dignity of an actual piece of history. Publisher’s Weekly, the reviews of which I generally respect & accept, gave it a starred review. Must have been something sentimental in it for the reviewer. I will grudgingly give it 2 stars, only because the subject needs to show up in contemporary writing. Soppy story, sloppily told. What a disappointment.

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dcolket
Oct 02, 2020

Great read...takes place in Rural France during WWII

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happycanuck
Sep 06, 2020

Excellent read and am looking forward to trying her other novels. WWII genre.

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veggiegurl
Aug 27, 2020

This was an excellent story about a woman who forges documents to help children escape the Nazis. My only complaint was that some of the character's had exaggerated traits - 100% perfect or 100% awful. However the story was so good that it seems very picky to mention it. It certainly didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book.

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BellJuju
Aug 16, 2020

Really enjoyed this book. Will definitely read more by this author.

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darladoodles
Jul 07, 2020

This book is like ice cream on a hot day. A welcome escape and the flavor is more vivid in its warm setting. Eva is a lovely surprise. Her work in forging documents during the resistance saved hundreds of lives. What a fitting way to use her artistic talents in the fight for France. Adding in the code work in "The Book of Lost Names" was a brilliant device to show Eva's heart for all those who were having to assume new identities to escape the Nazis. That book is front and center at the beginning and the end of the book giving delightful symmetry to the narrative. My favorite Kristin Harmel book since discovering "The Sweetness of Forgetting." Highly recommended.

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