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Past Encounters is a Beautifully Written Novel of Relationships and Secrets Post-WWII

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Oh, what a beautiful story that Davina Blake has written in her novel, Past Encounters! I like so many genres of historical fiction, but I am always drawn to the books that feature flashbacking to WWII, with characters either telling their wartime story, or characters that tell their story while the reader gets to view how their lives unfolded after the war (whether 10 years or 40). I’m always interested in exploring the secrets someone left behind or how the psychology behind how war affected their personalities. If someone pulls out a long lost letter or photo or letters from their love who was away at war or abroad…..I’m hooked. I don’t read a lot of romance, but if I do, this is the type for me. I have a penchant for letters, long lost loves, and secrets.

Past Encounters was written after Davina was inspired by the movie “Brief Encounters” (circa 1945), which critics say is considered one of the great romances made by British film industry. It takes place surrounding a railway station, which before, during, and after the war was certainly a place of hustle and bustle during the war time era. Davina also sets part of her book here, during the flashback of her main female protagonist, and brings the filming of “Brief Encounters” into her novel. I loved how she intertwined the two, as I love old cinema too.

The secrets explored and discovered in this book are heart-wrenching and emotional, as most things are when they come down to love in a time full of turmoil. Hasty romances, marriages, loved ones gone due to war for extended periods, chance meetings, and the constant unknown of the WWII era, always allows for stories ripe with sorrow, loss, betrayal, and secrets.

From the moment I read the first part of the book, which takes us from a confused housewife in 1955 in Rhoda, then back to before and during the war with her husband Peter, his friend Archie, and his wife Helen, I was emotionally invested in finding out what happened to each of these characters between 1939 and when Peter returned from the war up to their present time of 1955. The way that she lays out the chapters and constructs the story makes it all flow together seamlessly. She was able to keep the story moving and on track, even with the use of flashbacks, making it all clear but while also able to hide her twists, turns, and secrets until the right time to unveil them. Just from the first few pages I was immediately captivated by Rhoda’s marriage plight and questions, became intrigued, and burned through the pages.

I did notice the change from Rhoda’s first person, to Peter’s part being third person, and later Helen’s; however, to me it worked, but it was a way to tell Peter and Helen’s side (a side that Rhoda couldn’t tell in present) without making him/her the star protagonist. I believe that was always Rhoda, and that ultimately, it was Rhoda’s story. I liked how she constructed it this way. It was unique, and for me, it worked.

I always enjoy Davina’s other novels, as Deborah Swift, which are more historical, but I truly loved her writing style even more in this book. She has a way with writing hauntingly beautiful prose that at first you might deem simple, but in reality, her character development and imagery are fine tuned. In this book, in this era with all its dark emotional drama, she writes as if she is penning a 1950s film. I felt as if her characters were so real, especially Rhoda, and that I knew them personally. My heart was really touched by their story, almost as if they were long lost loved grandparents. She brings an authenticity to her characters, bringing true thoughts and feelings to the surface, and even if some might not always think the choices right, they are certainly real and create depth in her characters.

I especially like lines such as:

“I could not help staring. It was as if they were from a different England altogether, one where young men didn’t die, where clothes were always new and well pressed. It was like two parakeets arriving in a world of sparrows.”

I think Davina truly is a masterful storyteller. In Past Encounters, she’s created a character-driven story that will linger on past the time when you think you’ve finished with the novel. The characters won’t leave you behind, but will haunt you. They’ll leave you wondering about all the possible true stories of this era, a time where it seemed everyone held secrets, whether from the war or in the heart.

I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy whirlwind or intriguing romances as featured in 1950s films, emotional and gripping dramas from WWII era, and heart-wrenching tales of women and men whose past won’t stay in the past and who are tortured by love or some other emotion or secret. Davina has penned a beautifully executed novel that is a perfect read for Holiday vacation time, when you can snuggle up with a blanket and a book, becoming lost between the pages without a care for the clock.

As for me, I love railway stations. I’d like to take a trip to England, sit in the railway station with a hat and cup of tea, and read this book a second time. By chance, maybe I’d find a secret letter or hear a story or two from a passer-by. If I wasn’t already in a relationship, perhaps I’d even sit waiting for my own chance encounter.

Brief Encounters, Synopsis~

02_Past EncountersPublication Date: November 22, 2014
Paperback; 442p

Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction

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England 1955

The day Rhoda Middleton opens a letter from another woman, she becomes convinced her husband, Peter, is having an affair. But when Rhoda tracks the mysterious woman down, she discovers she is not Peter’s lover after all, but the wife of his best friend, Archie Foster. There is only one problem – Rhoda has never even heard of Archie Foster.

Devastated by this betrayal of trust, Rhoda tries to find out why Peter has kept this friendship a secret for so long. Her search leads her back to 1945, but as she gradually uncovers Peter’s wartime experiences she must wrestle with painful memories of her own. For Rhoda too cannot escape the ghosts of the past.

Taking us on a journey from the atmospheric filming of Brief Encounter, to the extraordinary Great March of prisoners of war through snow-bound Germany, PAST ENCOUNTERS explores themes of friendship, hope, and how in the end, it is the small things that enable love to survive.

Includes bonus material for reading groups.

Praise for Past Encounters~

“Her characters are so real that they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf. Highly Recommended!” – The Historical Novels Review

Praise for Deborah Swift~!

“stellar historical fiction” -Orange Prize Nominee Ann Weisgarber

“compelling’” -Westmorland Gazette

“The past comes alive through impeccable research…and the sheer power of descriptive prose” -Lancashire Evening Post

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Author Davina Blake, Biography~

02_Deborah SiwftDavina Blake used to be a set and costume designer for theatre and TV, during which time she developed a love of research which fueled her passion for the past. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and also writes successful seventeenth century historicals under the pen name Deborah Swift. ‘Her characters are so real that they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf. Highly recommended.’ The Historical Novels Review

From Davina: ‘I was inspired to write Past Encounters because I live close to the railway station where the iconic “Brief Encounter” was filmed in 1945. I have often used the refreshment room that featured in the film when waiting for a train. I love a good cup of tea, preferably accompanied by a chocolate brownie!’

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Donald Michael Platt Soars His Book Close to the Sun to High Heights for Me!


Really love this cover!

I was offered to be able to pre-review Donald Michael Platt’s Close to the Sun and I jumped at the chance, with my love of the history of anything to do with flight or fighter planes I had high hopes. This book certainly soared for me! It’s an amazing story told from the perspective of average male fighter pilots in the onset and during WWII, juxtaposing between various men from many sides of the war. He makes one remember that the lives, desires, and pursuits of these enlisted men had almost nothing to do with the plan of their governments and as well that they really weren’t all that different from each other in many regards.

The details in this novel were spectacular, creating imagery and depth in the scenes and characters, as well as the dialogue being so nostalgic and well-written it felt right out of a 1950’s film. The romantic nuances of his storytelling felt incredibly authentic with the tug and pull of the men being called to serve and the women whom they loved who had their own high hopes, dreams, or work. I loved how he portrayed these women the most—strongly and fiercely independent.

Throughout his book, Platt also shows the differences in the lives of people during the war based on what country they were living in, for instance, in moving between them with new chapters, he highlighted what they were, or weren’t due to rations, eating, smoking, drinking, etc.

I’ve read several other books by Platt, and this is the best one I’ve read yet! I couldn’t stop reading. Though there are lots of technical details sprinkled into the book, it never weighed down the story.

As the battles of war raged on, he did a marvelous job showcasing his male characters love of flight above all things, as when they soared in the clouds like eagles, all other cares ceased to exist. He’s written a lasting legacy to many pilots on all fronts that served during this time.

As an Air Force brat myself, with fond memories of the flight line as a child, and an affinity for flight, I truly feel he captured the essence of the obsession of flying and made you feel the euphoria and drive of those pursuing this dream. I felt a bit like I was watching another version of “Top Gun” at first and then I enjoyed how he utilized the backdrop of WWII, in which he shows that for some men it was mostly all about the pursuit of flying and making flying records, though they are always patriotic as well and learn the dark side of flying in war.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a penchant for WWII historical and/or aviation novels, yet would like to read a fresh and original story.

Close to the Sun, Synopsis~

Publication Date: June 15, 2014
Fireship Press
eBook; 404p

Genre: Historical Fiction

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????????????????????Close to the Sun follows the lives of fighter pilots during the Second World War. As a boy, Hank Milroy from Wyoming idealized the gallant exploits of WWI fighter aces. Karl, Fürst von Pfalz-Teuffelreich, aspires to surpass his father’s 49 Luftsiegen. Seth Braham falls in love with flying during an air show at San Francisco’s Chrissy Field.

The young men encounter friends, rivals, and exceptional women. Braxton Mobley, the hotshot, wants to outscore every man in the air force. Texas tomboy Catherine “Winty” McCabe is as good a flyer as any man. Princess Maria-Xenia, a stateless White Russian, works for the Abwehr, German Intelligence. Elfriede Wohlman is a frontline nurse with a dangerous secret. Miriam Keramopoulos is the girl from Brooklyn with a voice that will take her places.

Once the United States enter the war, Hank, Brax, and Seth experience the exhilaration of aerial combat and acedom during the unromantic reality of combat losses, tedious bomber escort, strafing runs, and the firebombing of entire cities. As one of the hated aristocrats, Karl is in as much danger from Nazis as he is from enemy fighter pilots, as he and his colleagues desperately try to stem the overwhelming tide as the war turns against Germany. Callous political decisions, disastrous mistakes, and horrific atrocities they witness at the end of WWII put a dark spin on all their dreams of glory.

Praise for Close to the Sun~

“Donald Michael Platt’s Close to the Sun is an amazing story told from the perspective of average male fighter pilots in the onset and during WWII, juxtaposing between various men from many sides of the war. The details in this novel were spectacular, creating imagery and depth in the scenes and characters, as well as the dialogue being so nostalgic and well-written it felt right out of a 1950’s film. The romantic nuances of his storytelling felt incredibly authentic with the tug and pull of the men being called to serve and the women whom they loved who had their own high hopes, dreams, or work. I loved how he portrayed this women the most—strongly and fiercely independent. I’ve read several other books by Platt, and this is the best one I’ve read yet! I couldn’t stop reading. ” – Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi, Hook of a Book

“Donald Platt’s Close To The Sun, is nothing short of Historical Fiction gold. Platt’s flair for emotionally provocative storytelling makes this book attractive to both male and female readers. Seamlessly weaving the threads of action and feeling into a brilliant tableau of humanity. This is a masterfully penned tale of war, ambition, love, loss, and ACES!” – Frishawn Rasheed, WTF Are You Reading?

“Fast-paced and riveting I couldn’t get enough of Hank, Karl and Seth’s exploits! CLOSE TO THE SUN is a thrilling novel that leads readers through idyllic dreams of heroism and the grim reality of war. Platt provides readers with a unique coming-of-age story as three adventure-seeking boys discover far more than how to be an aerial combat pilot. CLOSE TO THE SUN is an amazing tale of adventure, heroism, war and the drive within us all that keeps us going when things look bleak.” – Ashley LaMar, Closed the Cover

“I found Close to the Sun to be an entertaining read, it was well written, with well developed characters, these characters had depth and emotion. A unique plot, told from the point of view of pilots prior to and during World War II. It was a well researched and interesting book” – Margaret Cook, Just One More Chapter

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Author Donald Michael Platt, Biography~

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Don’t you love this photo of Donald and his cat? I think it’s like an oil painting!

Author of four novels, ROCAMORA, HOUSE OF ROCAMORA, A GATHERING OF VULTURES, and CLOSE TO THE SUN, Donald Michael Platt was born and raised in San Francisco. Donald graduated from Lowell High School and received his B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley. After two years in the Army, Donald attended graduate school at San Jose State where he won a batch of literary awards in the annual SENATOR PHELAN LITERARY CONTEST.

Donald moved to southern California to begin his professional writing career. He sold to the TV series, MR. NOVAK, ghosted for health food guru, Dan Dale Alexander, and wrote for and with diverse producers, among them as Harry Joe Brown, Sig Schlager, Albert J. Cohen, Al Ruddy plus Paul Stader Sr, Hollywood stuntman and stunt/2nd unit director. While in Hollywood, Donald taught Creative Writing and Advanced Placement European History at Fairfax High School where he was Social Studies Department Chairman.

After living in Florianópolis, Brazil, setting of his horror novel A GATHERING OF VULTURES, pub. 2007 & 2011, he moved to Florida where he wrote as a with: VITAMIN ENRICHED, pub.1999, for Carl DeSantis, founder of Rexall Sundown Vitamins; and THE COUPLE’S DISEASE, Finding a Cure for Your Lost “Love” Life, pub. 2002, for Lawrence S. Hakim, MD, FACS, Head of Sexual Dysfunction Unit at the Cleveland Clinic.

Currently, Donald resides in Winter Haven, Florida where he is polishing a dark novel and preparing to write a sequel to CLOSE TO THE SUN.

For more information please visit Donald Michael Platt’s website. You can also connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Bone Church by Victoria Dougherty Top Notch WWII and Cold War Espionage Thriller

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Reading The Bone Church has now cemented me as a Victoria Dougherty junkie! She writes a type of thriller I love, full of drama, intrigue, and historical stories of people who lived in occupied situations, both in WWII and in post-war situations all too soon forgotten in Eastern Europe. I’m very happy that learning about Victoria led me to her blog, Cold,  and her beautiful posts, as well. I look forward to reading much more of her writing on her blog or elsewhere, as well as future novels.

So what did I think of The Bone Church? A brilliant, beautiful book in all its harrowing content, seeped in struggle and sacrifice. It’s haunting and absorbing in all the very best ways. Victoria’s writing is literary; she has immense talent and a gift for words and storytelling that is few and far between. This is a book for an intelligent reader–one who likes to read for substance, for critical thinking and being held captive by feeling, for those with minds who can focus on her content and her juxtaposing between time frames.

The Bone Church is for someone who likes a book to concentrate on and contemplate. Be ready to take the plunge, because once I did into the first few chapters, it compelled me to not put it down. The characters will immediately seep into your heart and mind and they’ll not let you go. You’ll want to hear their story as much as they want to tell it. You’ll feel as if you are being pursued as they are pursued.

Magdelena’s story is featured in several parts–as she hides from her Jewish heritage during Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in WWII, and with her Christian husband, Felix, get caught up in a very scary plot, to the book’s present day in Prague during the Soviet post-war occupation in 1956. Then, there is also murder and suspense and pursuit. There are dangerous alliances.

This book can easily be defined as the epitome of cold war thriller, not only full of espionage and spies like John Le Carre (though with a similar feeling and even better writing–and Le Carre’s Russia House is one of my favorites), but with a focus on the real families that were actually effected by the political strife and domination too.

Victoria tells the story of so many real people of this era.  In creating her characters, she showcases their loyalty, despair, love, and hope while intertwining things that might seem intangible, danger, a touch of pensive, and tucks in the brooding introspection that comes from intensive turmoil, death of loved ones, and fight for survival.

She’s right when she describes her work as “cold,” yet it isn’t cold to the touch. In fact, I easily connected to the storyline, the characters, as well as feeling and understanding the austere story. I really think she could easily be one of the next blockbuster authors in her genre. She’s right on par to step up on the list for anyone who likes novels of Le Carre, Ian Fleming, and Tom Clancy. She’s extremely talented and The Bone Church is a must read for serious readers! Can’t wait to read more!

The Bone Church, Synopsis~

02_The Bone ChurchPublication Date: April 15, 2014
Pier’s Court Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback

Genre: Historical Fiction/Thriller/Suspense

In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive lovers Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza make some dubious alliances – with a mysterious Roman Catholic cardinal, a reckless sculptor intent on making a big political statement, and a gypsy with a risky sex life. As one by one their chances for fleeing the country collapse, the two join a plot to assassinate Hitler’s nefarious Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Josef Goebbels.

But the assassination attempt goes wildly wrong, propelling the lovers in separate directions.

Felix’s destiny is sealed at the Bone Church, a mystical pilgrimage site on the outskirts of Prague, while Magdalena is thrust even deeper into the bowels of a city that betrayed her and a homeland soon to be swallowed by the Soviets. As they emerge from the shadowy fog of World War II, and stagger into the foul haze of the Cold War, Felix and Magdalena must confront the past, and a dangerous, uncertain future.

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Author Victoria Dougherty, Biography~

03_Victoria DoughertyVictoria Dougherty writes fiction, drama, and essays that often revolve around spies, killers, curses and destinies. Her work has been published or profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, International Herald Tribune and elsewhere.

Earlier in her career, while living in Prague, she co-founded Black Box Theater, translating, producing and acting in several Czech plays.

She lives with her husband and children in Charlottesville, Virginia.

For more information, please visit Victoria Dougherty’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman is One of the BEST Books I’ve Read in Many Years

03_Love & TreasureI was so completely captivated by the new book Love and Treasure by the wonderful author Ayelet Waldman. When I became completely engaged from the very beginning, and then mesmerized as we went back in time, I knew that I’d need to put off some things in order to succumb to my reading impulses and immerse myself in her wonderfully poetic, dynamic, and eloquent prose.

I love stories seeped in authentic happenings and events of the people and their lives during WWII, this one surrounding the Hungarian Gold Train. Now more than ever novels are emerging with raw and real emotions as so many share true and supposed happenings of people from the many countries who endured the war from many various sides of it. Ayelet’s book was one of the best I ever read in its ability to transport me wholly back in time, emotionally and visually. And of course, I was hooked by the gold peacock pendant (I adore peacocks) that Jack, the older gentleman dying of cancer at the start of the book, gives to his granddaughter Natalie, which begins her pursuit of the rightful owner.

As we flashback to when Jack was an American soldier in Hungary during the time of 1945 liberation, we are immediately drawn into the time period and feel connected to the characters. Her story telling, which evolves into three stories, is multi-layered and engrossing. Her writing style has a unique cadence that is compelling and flows delightfully across the pages as I turn them with haste, fully engaged.

Not only do we understand through her work the horrors that WWII caused for so many, the after effects, and the misunderstandings among cultures and countries, but we learn that all that can be transcended by the heart. We learn that human nature is the same no matter who we are or where we come from, most of the time, and that we all need to step into the shoes of anyone else prior to judgement. We learn about love and loss, redemption and retribution, sorrow and guilt, strength and beauty.

Then the later chapters, which transcend WWII and deliver us the origins of the main treasure the novel revolves around, gives us the story of a woman, much like many women in history, who have to seek medical help due to disobeying parents or husband. The thought of women being mentally ill due to having ambition, desire to work, or not wanting children is something I “enjoy” reading in fiction due to the fact it reminds me to keep working hard for women’s equality.

In interweaving three various time periods and stories, she does so in flawless and seemless manner, interlinking with great care and detail and delivering details and well-developed characters through each section.

In just the little I’ve written about Ayelet’s novel you can probably already determine that her book is full of amazing lessons that a reader will be thinking about long after reading the book. I’ll be thinking about this treasure of a book for a long time to come. Ayelet permeates my mind with her storytelling and creates for me a visual better than a movie, though it should be a movie…..like “Schindler’s List,” but with Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes.

She writes with abandon, letting her feelings and her words flow, without censor or wonderment of who she might or might not please in her relation of people and possible events or interactions. I applaud her for this. She is not necessarily biased to one or another, but just authentic. She breaks down barriers and masks with her writing in a way that I’ve not seen many authors do and I so FULLY admire Ayelet. If you are a writer, read her work and learn her art of literacy magic. If you are a reader, don’t hesitate to read any of her work, and if you do decide to read her, especially Love and Treasure, then clear your schedule completely and date this book.

I ecstatically place this book on my “best of all time” shelf and 5 stars doesn’t do it justice. I give it a sky full of stars.  It’s a beautiful sparkling diamond in a vast universe of novels. Love and Treasure will not leave you the same.

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Love and Treasure, Synopsis~

03_Love & TreasurePublication Date: April 1, 2014
Knopf Publishing
Formats: Ebook, Hardcover, Audio

A spellbinding new novel of contraband masterpieces, tragic love, and the unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes, Ayelet Waldman’s Love and Treasure weaves a tale around the fascinating, true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in the Second World War.

In 1945 on the outskirts of Salzburg, victorious American soldiers capture a train filled with unspeakable riches: piles of fine gold watches; mountains of fur coats; crates filled with wedding rings, silver picture frames, family heirlooms, and Shabbat candlesticks passed down through generations. Jack Wiseman, a tough, smart New York Jew, is the lieutenant charged with guarding this treasure—a responsibility that grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust. Seventy years later, amid the shadowy world of art dealers who profit off the sins of previous generations, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie Stein, and charges her with searching for an unknown woman—a woman whose portrait and fate come to haunt Natalie, a woman whose secret may help Natalie to understand the guilt her grandfather will take to his grave and to find a way out of the mess she has made of her own life.

A story of brilliantly drawn characters—a suave and shady art historian, a delusive and infatuated Freudian, a family of singing circus dwarfs fallen into the clutches of Josef Mengele, and desperate lovers facing choices that will tear them apart—Love and Treasure is Ayelet Waldman’s finest novel to date: a sad, funny, richly detailed work that poses hard questions about the value of precious things in a time when life itself has no value, and about the slenderest of chains that can bind us to the griefs and passions of the past.

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Praise for Love and Treasure~

“Love and Treasure is something of a treasure trove of a novel. Its beautifully integrated parts fit inside one another like the talismanic pendant/ locket at the heart of several love stories. Where the opening chapters evoke the nightmare of Europe in the aftermath of World War II with the hallucinatory vividness of Anselm Kiefer’s disturbing canvases, the concluding chapters, set decades before, in a more seemingly innocent time in the early 20th century, are a bittersweet evocation, in miniature, of thwarted personal destinies that yet yield to something like cultural triumph. Ayelet Waldman is not afraid to create characters for whom we feel an urgency of emotion, and she does not resolve what is unresolvable in this ambitious, absorbing and poignantly moving work of fiction.”
—Joyce Carol Oates

“One is quickly caught up in Love and Treasure with its shifting tones and voices—at times a document, a thriller, a love story, a search—telescoping time backwards and forwards to vividly depict a story found in the preludes and then the after-effects of the Holocaust. Waldman gives us remarkable characters in a time of complex and surprising politics.”
—Michael Ondaatje

“Love and Treasure is like the treasure train it chases: fast-paced, bound by a fierce mission, full of bright secrets and racingly, relentlessly moving.”
—Daniel Handler

“Complex and thoughtful, moving and carefully researched, this is a novel to love and treasure.”
—Philippa Gregory

“This lush, multigenerational tale… traces the path of a single pendant…. Inventively told from multiple perspectives, Waldman’s latest is a seductive reflection on just how complicated the idea of ‘home’ is–and why it is worth more than treasure.”
—Publishers Weekly

“A sensitive and heartbreaking portrayal of love, politics, and family secrets . . . Waldman’s appealing novel recalls the film The Red Violin in its following of this all-important object through various periods in history and through many owners. Fans of historical fiction will love the compelling characters and the leaps backward and forward in time.”
—Mariel Pachucki, Library Journal

Author Ayelet Waldman, Biography~

Ayelet Waldman: Photo Credit Reenie Raschke

Ayelet Waldman: Photo Credit Reenie Raschke

Waldman is the author of the newly released Love and Treasure (Knopf, January 2014), Red Hook Road and The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace.

Her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was made into a film starring Natalie Portman. Her personal essays and profiles of such public figures as Hillary Clinton have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Her radio commentaries have appeared on “All Things Considered” and “The California Report.”

For more information please visit Ayelet’s website. Her missives also appear on Facebook and Twitter.

Her books are published throughout the world, in countries as disparate as England and Thailand, the Netherlands and China, Russia and Israel, Korea and Italy.

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