The Memory of Loss Kindle Edition
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Dana K. Haffar's novel is a very engaging and entertaining story. I was impressed with the way the author explores emotions, thanks to the brilliant development of character. The characters display strong humanity and readers can easily connect with them. The reader wants to get to know the protagonist. The author handles the conflict expertly, exploring it at different levels -- physical, psychological, and emotional -- and it is interesting to see how it drives the plot. The Memory of Loss is well-plotted, intelligently paced, and crafted to keep the reader focused on the characters. I enjoyed how the author used Lily's account of her life to comment on the atmosphere in France and social life in Paris during the German occupation."
Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
From the Author
Although it made it through the Kindle Scout campaign, for which I'm grateful, I continue to hope that it inspires you, the reader. You have the ultimate say.
- ASIN : B01N2QZBO7
- Publisher : Kindle Press (February 21, 2017)
- Publication date : February 21, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2419 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 309 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,725,701 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is wonderfully written, and provides insights how people react to the loss of loved ones, how they cope or don't cope. Truly a beautiful, but sad, story.
A well-researched and central part of the book is a sub-story taking place in occupied Paris during the Second World War. It is the best description I have read of daily life in wartime Paris, a topic usually absent from most accounts of that war, which typically focus on more momentous events elsewhere. The author opens a window into the strange limbo, hardship and societal angst experienced by Parisians as they try to lead normal lives while sometimes harbouring suspicions of their neighbours — who may be collaborators or resistance members putting others at risk of retribution — and always in the menacing presence of the German army and security services. All these elements intersect in this story in unexpected and poignant ways.
I enjoyed Dana Haffar’s previous books, including Leah and Beirut in Shades of Grey, and she certainly takes it up a notch with this novel.
Central to the book is Lilly's journal account of life during the German occupation of Paris in WWII. The author deftly weaves history with the palpable human experience of Lilly, Papa, sister Viv, Hortense, Henri (close friend of Papa from WWI) and Lilly's intimate friends at university, some torn from their studies by the pull of resistance to the Vichy government. A captivating love story makes this a page turner...
Nadine discovers Lilly's misplaced journal and reads it without her employers knowledge.
As Nadine's admiration for these heroic women grows, the daughter of Lilly, Kat, and her son Julien arrive for visits. Kat's bilious traits are intolerable. In Julien Nadine thinks she may have found a friend, but his predatory intentions emerge.
Kat finds a way to subvert Nadine in an effort to dislodge her from the family. Nadine, in error, believes a secret from Lilly's journal is her last defense against Kat but realizes late the harm it would do to Lilly, the elder archaeologist who she respects above anyone. The young carer shows empathy whereas Lilly, relieved by a possible return to status quo, fails to acknowledge the poisonous effect her own daughter has beyond the family.
The two main characters have experienced unspeakable tragedy in lives and times that couldn’t be more different. Apart from the kindness of the housekeeper, the younger woman and Lily have a complicity that is the only reassurance Nadine gets from being in that family and away from home. We are transported back in time to Lily’s early years and Nadine’s curiosity and fascination with her carry us through the novel.
The author’s use of backstory is brilliant as she deftly uncovers the character’s flaws and fragility, keeping us oblivious until the very end to the demons that obsess her.