As superbly written as it is haunting in its truth.” –Kate Breslin, best-selling author of For Such a Time
“This tense WWII historical from Barratt (My Dearest Dietrich) follows a woman’s efforts to help her neighbors survive the Kraków ghetto. . . . Moving and effective, this inspirational finds light in the darkest of places.”–Publishers Weekly
Zosia Lewandowska knows the brutal realities of war all too well. Within weeks of Germany’s invasion of her Polish homeland, she lost the man she loves. As ghetto walls rise and the occupiers tighten their grip on the city of Krakow, Zosia joins pharmacist Tadeusz Pankiewicz and his staff in the heart of the Krakow ghetto as they risk their lives to aid the Jewish people trapped by Nazi oppression.
Hania Silverman’s carefree girlhood is shattered as her family is forced into the ghetto. Struggling to survive in a world hemmed in by walls and rife with cruelty and despair, she encounters Zosia, her former neighbor, at the pharmacy. As deportation winnow the ghetto’s population and snatch those she holds dear, Hania’s natural resiliency is exhausted by reality.
Zodia and Hania’s lives intertwine as they face the griefs and fears thrust upon them by war, until one day, they are forced to make a desperate choice . . . one that will inexorably bind them together, even as they are torn apart.
Amanda Barratt’s meticulous research and lush, award-winning writing shine once again in this moving look at a group of unsung heroes who fought for hope and humanity in the most harrowing of times.
“An unflinching tale that implores readers to stop and see, not a massive crowd of people, but individual hearts and souls. This book will linger in your heart and mind long after you’ve read the final page.” –Amanda Cox, Christy Award-winning author of The Edge of Belonging
Hania has lost so much. She and her family have been forced to enter the Krakow ghetto. And her life just steadily gets worse. Hania is eventually sent to a concentration camp where it takes all her strength and fortitude to survive the Nazis and their cruelty.
This story is told from two different viewpoints, Hania and Zosia. Hania’s life has been turned upside down when her family is moved into the Krakow Ghetto. Zosia, is a friend who becomes a pharmacist inside the ghetto and does all she can to help Hania’s family and many more.
There are not enough words to describe this novel. Heart wrenching, terrifying, agonizing…just to name a few. I could not stop reading this…I know this sounds cliché…but honestly… I was glued to the pages. It is beautifully written. I loved how the author interspersed hope into this story. Along with the trauma and the horrible treatment, there are also good people doing what they can.
I believe I have already read my best book of the year. THIS ONE! I never pick the best of the year. But, I believe this one is it!
Need a book which will give bring on every emotion…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.