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And After the Fire: A Novel by [Belfer, Lauren]
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In Belfer's compelling third novel, an American soldier in 1945 Germany unknowingly purloins a controversial unpublished cantata by the great Johann Sebastian Bach, and it ends up in the hands of the soldier's niece, Susanna Kessler, upon his death. The journey of this manuscript, with lyrics based on one of Martin Luther's anti-Jewish screeds, from Sara Itzig Levy—a Jewish student of Bach's eldest son and the real-life budding doyenne of Berlin's upper echelons—to America is interspersed with Susanna's own inner trajectory to finding normalcy and love in her life after being raped. The author's strengths lie in the historical passages, starting with the 1780s when Sara receives the cantata as a young woman, and continuing through her rise in society, her subsequent marriage, and her confidential gift of the manuscript to her beloved niece's daughter, Fanny (sister to Felix Mendelssohn). Fanny leaves it in a piano bench, where it's discovered by Susanna's uncle. Belfer's (A Fierce Radiance) comprehensive research brings depth and veracity to the novel, intertwining real-life figures and events from the past with the modern-day story and detailing the strong currents of anti-Semitism that have existed in Germany for centuries. The people in Susanna's life, as well as the contemporary situations Belfer portrays, are not as strongly drawn, and the passages about romance and sexual attraction in both the modern and historic realms never quite work. Nevertheless, this is an immersive, page-turning story emboldened by historical fact and a rich imagination. (May)

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A remarkably suspenseful story, a literary thriller in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession. (Kirkus Reviews)

Blending the gorgeousness of Bach and the horror of anti-Semitism over several centuries should make for unsettling contemplation, and readers of Belfer’s . . . know that the author will be meticulous with both fact and fiction. (Library Journal)

“Her most compelling [novel] yet. . . . Told with lyrical beauty . . . the novel is like the lost cantata itself, revealing our capacity for darkness, redeemed by the power of unconditional love. A dazzling, transformative novel. Highly recommended.” (Historical Novel Society)

“Dazzle[s] while delving into dark places.” (NPR’s “Fresh Air”)

“[A] compelling blend of fact and fiction. . . . Based on impressive research, this remarkable novel spans centuries and continents, touching finally on the Holocaust and serving as a paean to Bach’s music.” (Booklist (starred review))

“A remarkably suspenseful story, a literary thriller in the tradition of A.S. Byatt’s Possession.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“A fascinating historical novel and poignant love story that will open the eyes and ears of music lovers and please those who enjoy a graceful, spellbinding tale pondering important questions.” (Library Journal (starred review))

“Finely written historical fiction layered with richly detailed characters and moral complexity.” (BBC.com)

“Like all good novels, And After the Fire joins several colourful threads into one literary cloth of remarkable texture and strength.” (Canadian Jewish News)

Product details

  • File Size: 1176 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (May 10, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2016
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0166KW3V6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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