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The Lost Letter: A Novel Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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"I devoured The Lost Letter… an intriguing and very personal story of resistance." —Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones
"A total page-turner." —New York Magazine
“[A]t the center of the novel are two beautiful love stories involving two seemingly star-crossed couples, whose love overcomes all obstacles…. Getting it right is an art, and Cantor is an artist. She got me from that first page, and I stayed hooked throughout. It’s not just that Cantor kept me interested – she got me involved emotionally with the story.” —Jerusalem Post
"Moving seamlessly between Austria in 1938 and Los Angeles in 1989, this novel connects a grim history to a more hopeful present… Cantor has done her research thoroughly to produce another captivating historical novel. Excellent writing, unusual storytelling, and sympathetic characters make a winning combination." —Kirkus
"Full of heartbreak and tragedy, this novel about love lost and found and the importance of memories, is ultimately uplifting and would be a great choice for readers who enjoy stories set during World War II." —Library Journal
“With beautifully drawn characters and historical details, The Lost Letter is a tender, ravishing story that illuminates the sacrifices of a generation on an achingly human scale. A deeply enthralling, deeply satisfying historical love story.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers and The Wicked City
“A vivid and original book which spans World War II Austria to modern day Los Angeles. In this unforgettable tale of memories, love and reconciliation, Cantor writes with an absorbing voice and keen eye for detail that caught me up in the sweep of history.”
—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Kommandant’s Girl
“Past and present collide in Jillian Cantor’s latest propulsive and eloquent gem of a novel. Cantor captures the gravity of wartime Europe and combines it with powerful stories of love, loss and self-discovery. The Lost Letter is transporting; its flawless, breathtaking finale will make readers fall deeply in love with this stunning tale.”
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Don't You Cry and The Good Girl
"Dual-narrative novels sometimes favor one story over the other, but Cantor balances both her stories with a deft hand. Her protagonists, Katie and Kristoff, are particularly vivid, but her supporting characters, especially Faber's daughters Elena and Miriam, are also complex and engaging... Cantor's conclusion skillfully draws together two sets of world events--including the fall of the Berlin Wall--and her characters' intertwined personal histories. The Lost Letter is a poignant story of love, sacrifice and the bravery of everyday resistance." —Shelf Awareness
"Cantor uses a mysterious Austrian stamp of an edelweiss hidden within a church steeple as the subject of her affecting new novel, which unfolds in dual story lines.... Cantor integrates her historical research well and effectively harnesses the story’s emotional resonance, slowly building tension before resolving the mystery and converging the two story lines." —Publishers Weekly
"Themes of renewal after adversity and regaining what has been lost reverberate through both the character relationships and the fall of the Berlin Wall. This gives the novel a hopeful, poignant conclusion, guaranteeing appeal for fans of women’s fiction as well as historical fiction." —Booklist
Praise for Jillian Cantor's The Hours Count
“Taut, atmospheric and absorbing, this story provides an intimate window into a world most people only know from the headlines.”
—Christina Baker Kline, New York Times-bestselling author of Orphan Train
“Fraught with tension and wise with empathy, this is the story of a shameful time in our nation’s history, but also of friendship, love, and loyalty.”
—Laura Moriarty, New York Times-bestselling author of The Chaperone
“Utterly gripping and almost unbearably moving. A thought-provoking novel about a terrible aspect of America’s recent past, with the pace of a thriller.”
—Natasha Solomons, New York Times-bestselling author of The House at Tyneford
“A deeply compelling retelling of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s famous betrayal. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this book will leave you wondering about the intersection of truth and politics, responsibility and love, long after you’ve finished reading it.”
—Anton DiSclafani, New York Times-bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
“Fact and fiction are blended in a gripping tale of guilt, innocence, and heartbreak. I was bowled over by her intimate portrait of women in crisis. Jillian has torn pages straight from the history books and transformed them into a riveting story of intrigue, desire, and hope.”
—David R. Gillham, New York Times-bestselling author of City of Women
“Flawlessly mixes fact and fiction, drawing the reader into the world of the Lower East Side in the fifties—and the lives of accused Communist spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. A finely drawn portrait of McCarthy-era America, by turns heartwarming and haunting.”
—Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times-bestselling author of the Maggie Hope novels
“A gorgeous, thrilling novel.” —Popsugar
“We kind of love historical novels, and Cantor’s is quickly climbing to the top of our all-time faves list. . . .You won’t be able to put it down.” —Glamour
“Cantor mixes fact with fiction to create a moving portrait of two of the most vilified figures in modern history.” —Cosmopolitan
Praise for Jillian Cantor's Margot
“In this novel, a compassionate imagining of what might have happened had Margot Frank survived, Jillian Cantor provides more than a wistful what-if. She gives us a tour of the emotional nether land so often occupied by those who have survived the unimaginable and an example of extreme sibling competition—and love.”
—Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us
“A convincing, engaging might-have-been. Frankophiles will want to dig in.”
—People, 3.5 stars
“Inventive… Cantor’s ‘what-if’ story combines historical fiction with mounting suspense and romance, but above all, it is an ode to the adoration and competition between sisters.”
—O, the Oprah Magazine
About the Author
Jillian Cantor is the author of award-winning novels including, most recently, the critically acclaimed The Hours Count and Margot. Born and raised outside Philadelphia, Cantor currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.
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Katie Nelson cares for her father who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. To help combat the expense, Katie requests an appraisal of her father’s prized stamp collection. Philatelist, Ben Grossman, while accessing the collection, discovers an unusual stamp from Austria in the 1930’s.
Katie and Ben begin to investigate the origins of the stamp. Katie, though Jewish, has little tie to her Jewish roots. The curious discovery leads Katie on an unexpected journey into her family’s past as she and Ben travel to Europe to unravel the tale. A slow relationship develops between Katie who is on the verge of an unwanted divorce and Ben, who suffers over the loss of his wife.
In a specious vein, Cantor advances unnecessary sensationalism stating that Hohenschonhausen prison camp in the GDR was worse than Auschwitz death camp, in Poland. Over one million people were murdered in Auschwitz. Hohenschonhausen was a prison in the GDR, controlled by the East German Government and the Stasi, State Security Service. Some 250,000 East Germans, political opponents of the government, were sent to the prison who were then processed to other prisons; an estimated that some 20,000 prisoners died in Hohenschonhausen, facts the author should know.
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