The World That We Knew

The World That We Knew

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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This instant New York Times bestseller and longlist recipient for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal takes place in 1941, during humanity's darkest hour, and follows three unforgettable young women who must act with courage and love to survive.

"[A] hymn to the power of resistance, perseverance, and enduring love in dark times...gravely beautiful...Hoffman the storyteller continues to dazzle." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman's exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us--it is a glorious experience." --ELIZABETH STROUT, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge

"Alice Hoffman's new novel will break your heart, and then stitch it back together piece by piece. It's my new favorite Hoffman book." --JODI PICOULT, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light

In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it's his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.

Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she's destined to be.

What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.
Publisher: 2019.
ISBN: 9781501137594
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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laphampeak
Oct 19, 2019

A tender story of survival during the Holocaust. The beauty lies in the loyalty and love between young sons and daughters sent to seek safely by doomed parents and a golem. Lives are intertwined and Hoffman brings a sense of harmony with nature and connection to a greater whole.

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WoodneathTaylor
Oct 14, 2019

In true Alice Hoffman nature, she seamlessly weaves the magical and mystical together into the real world. WWII/Holocaust fiction can definitely be "overdone" - but this is a stunning masterpiece that demands your attention.

debwalker Sep 18, 2019

Powerful narrative of WW2 women and tough choices.

JCLPiepieB Sep 16, 2019

A hauntingly beautiful tale where fantasy and history blend. The writing is exquisite -- Recommended if you like a bit of "magic" with a WWII story.

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