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When We Were Brave by [Karla M. Jay]
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2020 Pinnacle Book Award, Historical Fiction

2020 IPA Distinguished Favorite Award

2020 TYLER R. TICHELAAR AWARD for BEST HISTORICAL FICTION

2020 First Place Award, Historical Fiction for Reader's View Contest

2020 Book Excellence Award for Historical Fiction

2019 Distinguished Favorite for the New York City Big Book Award

2019 Silver Medal Winner, Historical Fiction, Readers Favorite Contest.


“Combining excellent historical research with a compelling storyline, the hard work of author Karla M. Jay really pays off the more deeply involved you become with the characters in her plot...As the plot threads and connections slowly come together, the conclusion marks the realities of war and sticks in your mind for a long time after.” ~ A Five Star MUST Read! -Susan Violante for Reader Views


When We Were Brave is not a novel about suffering, although suffering certainly makes up much of it. Rather, it is a novel about perseverance, the will to survive and push back against cruelty and death... It is what makes the novel exceptional and compelling. -Daniel Casey, San Francisco Book Review


Jay's…account is impressively ambitious, offering a sprawling view of the wages of war from three distinct perspectives. She ingeniously braids them into a coherent narrative tapestry, and along the way, she realistically describes the human degradation experienced by prisoners in the Nazi camps...Kirkus Reviews


Karla M. Jay's novel When We Were Brave employs a dramatic triangle to create a highly-emotional, epic story of World War II, one that is as vivid as it is highly personal. Here is a moving, riveting tale that shows you how things once were--and how similar those times can feel to our own. Scott Lasser - Author of Say Nice Things About Detroit, Screenwriter for HBO's True Detective Series


Great historical fiction teaches and entertains. When We Were Brave finds three little-remembered stories that beg to be heard. Told with vivid detail and meticulous research, these stories involve complex characters who demonstrate the resilience of the human spirit set against a backdrop of evil and tragedy. - Firoozeh Dumas, New York Times Bestselling author of Funny in Farsi, and Laughing Without an Accent


When We Were Brave is a vivid, heart-wrenching portrayal of holocaust years, as innocent victims grapple with loss, loneliness, and longing. The story is told from the perspective of three protagonists whose lives become entwined. The narrative is gripping and skillfully paced...With complex characters and intricate plotting, Jay delivers a heart-wrenching, engrossing historical read.”-The Prairies Book Review


"Jay demonstrates a mastery of emotion and landscape. The scenes are visceral, the dialogue is sharp and believable, and the narrators are immediately engrossing. For history enthusiasts, the level of detail, cultural accuracy, and research feels immersive. The world of the past spills out naturally, drawing readers into the relationships between these characters. When We Were Brave is a vivid portrait of a time and place with characters who are immediately recognizable." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★

About the Author

Karla M. Jay makes her home in Utah where she loves dogs and gardening. When she is not writing, she is traveling, trying to see as many countries as possible--in particular, those with good food, great beaches, while trying to find another story that needs to be told.

Product details

  • ASIN : B07QHGVPPN
  • Publication date : April 14, 2019
  • Language : English
  • File size : 4946 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 411 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 532 ratings

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