A little bird flutters to life when the silver music box opens, a symbol of comfort and love passed from father to son to remind the boy that no matter where his father may be, his love is always right there. But this sound of birdsong creates one of the tensest moments in the book: as the Blumenthals hide from the Nazis, that charming chirp could spell the difference between life and death. Each blemish on the tarnished surface, each ding in the silver, tells of a pivotal moment in the family’s story.
We accompany the music box as it changes hands and travels miles and decades, from war-torn Europe to the shores of South Africa and London in the swinging sixties. A simple music box carries the love between generations, even as the world tears them apart, and reminds us that no enemy is strong enough to sever the bond of family.
- Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor