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The Lost Wife Paperback – 29 Mar 2012
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This beautifully written, heart-rending, evocative novel explores the power of first love and the resilience of the human spirit. (Life & Living)
'The reader is taken back to an age of innocence in pre-war Prague as the young couple fall in love. In Richman's fourth novel, the use of language is highly imaginative.' (The Daily Telegraph)
The Sophie's Choice of this generation. (John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author)
'If you're a fan of Paulina Simon's The Bronze Horseman trilogy, this is right up your alley. Have the tissues near as the story of how they come to find one another again unfolds.' (GRAZIA)
A lyrical tale of the ravages of war, lost and the human quest for redemption. (The Good Book Guide)
Tragedy and hope, love and loss, and the strength to endure are expressed through Richman's graceful writing and powerful characters, many based on actual Holocaust victims and survivors. (Booklist)
Heart-wrenching . . . a genuinely moving portrait. (Publisher's Weekly)
Daringly constructed . . . Richman writes with the clarity and softness of freshly-fallen snow. (Loring Mandel, Emmy winning playwright)
Begins with a chilling revelation and had me hooked throughout. A love story wrapped in tragedy and survival, I read THE LOST WIFE in one sitting. Tense, emotional and fulfilling: a great achievement by Alyson Richman. (Martin Fletcher, Special Correspondent NBC News, Winner of the Jewish National Book Award)
This is one of those rare books that will stay in my imagination for a long time. (New Books)
Separated by war and each believing the other dead, a couple meet again decades later...See all Product description
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On a personal level I found the novel easy to read, and as Josef and Lenka's individual narratives are explained in more detail, their characters come alive. The story is quite harrowing at times, with frank and honest depictions of life in the concentration camps, and yet ultimately, this is a beautifully written novel about love, and the redemptive quality of the human spirit to face evil, and the individual fight to overcome adversity.
Tackling difficult issues, and turning them into a readable novel is never going to be easy, and yet the author has managed to put into words a perfect sense of time and place, without ever succumbing to mawkish sentimentality.
This is one of those books that will stay in my imagination for a long time.
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