The Lost Family

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5.2 X 7.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

JENNA BLUM is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of novels Those Who Save Us, The Stormchasers, and The Lost Family; novella “The Lucky One” in the collection Grand Central; audio course The Author At Work: The Art of Writing Fiction; World War II audiodrama The Key Of Love, available on all major streaming platforms; and memoir Woodrow on the Bench, about her senior black Lab and what he taught her. 


Jenna is one of Oprah’s Top Thirty Women Writers, with her work published in over 20 countries, and cofounder/CEO of online author platform A Mighty Blaze. Jenna’s New York Times and internationally bestselling debut,Those Who Save Us, won the Ribalow Prize, awarded by Hadassah Magazine and adjudged by Elie Wiesel; Jenna interviewed Holocaust survivors for the Steven Spielberg Survivors of the Shoah Foundation for five years. Those Who Save Us was also a Borders pick and the number one bestselling book in Holland. The Stormchasers was a Target pick and featured in French Elle; the bestselling The Lost Family was an Indienext pick and received starred reviews from  Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal. Woodrow on the Bench was an Indienext pick and Midwestern Booksellers’ Association bestseller. 


Jenna is a public speaker, traveling nationally and internationally to talk about her work; she has visited over 800 book clubs in the Boston area alone. She now visits with readers both in person and online. 


Jenna is based in Boston, where she earned her M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University and taught fiction and journalism there while being the fiction editor of AGNI Magazine; she has taught fiction, novel, and marketing for writers at Grub Street Writers and various conferences and institutions for over 20 years. For more information about Jenna, please visit her website,, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. 


"An unsentimental, richly detailed study of loss and its legacy." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Blum avoids the sap of happy endings and easy resolutions in this perfect encapsulation of the changing times and turbulence of mid- and late-20th-century America." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This exquisitely crafted and compassionate novel offers a lesson in honesty, regardless of how difficult the truth may be. It will offer plenty of discussion for book groups." -- Library Journal (starred review)

"In...this gripping novel, Blum...displays her keen eye for character...Each unforgettable character in this deeply moving novel brings new meaning to the familiar phrase "never forget." Elie Wiesel's A Mad Desire to Dance (2009) and Michael Chabon's Moonglow (2016) also share.. a sense of hope in the face of tragic loss." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Jenna Blum shines a powerful light on how the past swings back and how we must face it. The Lost Family is an extraordinary read, the kind of book that makes you sob and smile, the kind that gives you hope.... It is compassionate, masterful and disturbingly contemporary."
-- Tatiana de Rosnay, bestselling author of Sarah's Key

"Blum plumbs the depths of loss and love in this exquisite page-turner." -- People

"(Blum) takes on the difficult task of rendering generational trauma visible, and does it with such humor and empathy, you can't help but be swept along for the ride." -- Village Voice

"I was spellbound from the start of The Lost Family. The writing is so smart and empathetic.... 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 best-selling author of The Chaperone

"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, bestselling author of The Middlesteins

"This is an excellent character study of how the tragedy of the Holocaust lives on, even to this day. The damage done by the Nazis was not only death and destruction of the Jewish people of the time, but an indelible stain on the lives of all who have lived afterwards, a stain on the world so deep that the true impact of the tragedy may never be known. Blum has created a beautiful novel exploring the intertwining of both love and loss." -- Jewish News