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This is a dazzling novel of great compassion, honestly reckoning with the time-and-place-spanning ripple effect of great pain as well as love.-- "Laura Moriarty, New York Times bestselling author"
Blum again skillfully explores the endless nightmares and pain of Holocaust survivors...This exquisitely crafted and compassionate novel offers a lesson in honesty, regardless of how difficult the truth may be.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
Blum dramatizes the lingering effects of the war through the intertwining stories of families past and present, personalizing the themes of survivor guilt and shame but also injecting surprising glimpses of humor and hope. Each unforgettable character in this deeply moving novel brings new meaning to the familiar phrase 'never forget.'-- "Booklist (starred review)"
The writing, evocative yet unassuming, conveys the interiority of the characters, even the minor ones, elevating them beyond the stereotypical. The emphasis here is not on Nazi atrocities, which are only hinted at, but on surviving the banality of domineering relatives, bad marital choices, suburban mores, and body-image woes. An unsentimental, richly detailed study of loss and its legacy.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Deftly executed, deeply moving, and full of heart, Jenna Blum's The Lost Family is an evocative look at the legacy of war and how it impacts one memorable family.-- "Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins"
Jenna Blum shines a powerful light on how the past swings back and how we must face it...An extraordinary read, the kind of book that makes you sob and smile...It is compassionate, masterful and disturbingly contemporary.-- "Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key"