The Lost Wife
A rapturous new novel of first love in a time of war-from the celebrated author of The Last Van Gogh. In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable... show more
A rapturous new novel of first love in a time of war-from the celebrated author of The Last Van Gogh. In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit- and the strength of memory.
Publish date: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, World War II
I was so moved at times in this story of a Jewish couple separated by war and the Nazi occupation of Prague and the terrible choices they were forced to make. Especially so when Josef desperately searches for his missing wife and longs for what he has lost with her, contrasting with [spoiler] the em...
Historical fiction was 'my genre' for more than ten years, and particularly books set during WWII were the ones that I gravitated towards most often. There's something about the intensity and sadness of that era that makes for a riveting, emotional story, and The Lost Wife appealed to me so much bec...
I wish I hadn't read this one immediately after The Storyteller. I loved that one so much that this one couldn't compare so close together.
I adored this book. It is the story of a young married couple separated by the events of World War 2. He escapes their native Prague. ending up in America; she chooses to stay behind with her family. The chaos of the time causes each of them to think the other dead, and they subsequently remarry....