Alyson Richman ~ The Lost Wife
Back Blurb :
Josef Kohn is a successful New York obstetrician who still dreams of his first wife, Lenka, an art student he left behind in Czechoslovakia while fleeing the Nazis. Lenka, who he believes died during the war, continues to haunt his dreams, while his second wife, Amalia, remains more of a ghost to him than is Lenka. As we follow Lenka’s journey to the ghetto of Terezin, where she is forced to draft technical drawings for the Germans and is a witness to the secret paintings of an underground group of artists involved in their own form of resistance against their captors, we see not only the endurance of the human spirit, but also of the artist, whose desire to create and document, cannot be extinguished. From the glamorous ease of pre-War Prague, to the ensuing horror of Nazi Europe, we witness both the dawning of Lenka’s and Josef’s love affair to its tragic unraveling. Each character must forge their own path for survival and each must struggle to adapt to post-war America, while their secrets, their past, and the ghost of their first marriage, are known only to them. The Lost Wife is a story that explores the depth — the power — of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and our capacity to remember.
My View :
This is a powerful, raw and very emotional novel, it pull’s at your heartstrings’ with just a few word’s and it is one of those book’s that will stay with you for a very long time after turning the last page. The character’s are flawless, they so well researched and written, especially Lenka who is so strong and proud, and so selfless; she is this amazing young woman who has gone through so much hardship,and yet she still has faith that everything will turn out for the best, even when she is at her lowest you can see the strength in her character and we see her change from this slightly awkward teenager that has nothing to worry about to this strong-willed woman. I just love how after decades’ of being parted how both Lenka and Joseph have gone through their own personal war’s how they finally find each other that is so touching and it doe’s send goosebumps’ running down your arm’s. True it has some very harsh and brutal part’s especially in Lenka’s story but that is to be expected with the era and with what went on in that time, Personally it wouldn’t seem quite as real if those horrendous time’s in our history wasn’t conveyed as they are, those atrocious thing’s happened and by reading this book and book’s like it we are remembering and we are paying respect to all those unfortunate people who are no longer with us to tell their own story. Apparently this is based on a story that Alyson Richman had been told about a married couple who were separated during the war only to be reunited decade’s later. People need to read this, it is one of those book’s that every household need’s to have on their bookshelf. Simply stunning.