From Publishers Weekly
In her second novel (after The Sweet Edge), Pick tackles the Holocaust with the story of a young Jewish family struggling to survive as the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia. Throughout 1938 and 1939, Pavel and Anneliese Bauer endure increasingly terrifying attacks on their dignity, freedom, and lives, clinging to a hope that the madness will soon end. Meanwhile, a present-day Holocaust historian (who remains awkwardly unidentified for some time), specializing in the Kindertransport and the many children it helped to escape from Czechoslovakia, takes a personal interest in the Bauers. Letters culled from the historian's files, written by people who were close to the Bauers, effectively punctuate the novel, but Pick's shuffling gamble with point-of-view produces mixed results. For instance, Marta, who both propels the tale and plays a significant role in it, is sometimes so naïve as to be unconvincing. But period details are authentic and well presented, as are the family's suffering and grief. (Apr.)
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'Clean, crisp and unencumbered. Pick ... creates small moments that are both lovely and frightening ... It's very deftly structures and the storytelling is seamless' -- Globe and Mail 'Somewhere between a book and a miracle' -- Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of Love in the Present Tense 'A nuanced and layered portrait of betrayal ... An intriguing experiment in the art of storytelling' -- Montreal Gazette 'Expertly crafted in every sense' -- thestar.com 'Pick unties the dark knots of the past to imagine the stories that could never otherwise be known' -- Marina Endicott, author of Good to a Fault
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