Written By: Kristin Harmel

Narrated By: Madeleine Maby

Date: July 2020

Duration: 10 hours 50 minutes

Summary:

“A fascinating, heartrending page-turner that, like the real-life forgers who inspired the novel, should never be forgotten.” —Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday

Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this “sweeping and magnificent” (Fiona Davis, bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue) historical novel from the #1 international bestselling author of The Winemaker’s Wife.

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books when her eyes lock on a photograph in the New York Times. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in more than sixty years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer, but does she have the strength to revisit old memories?

As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris and find refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, where she began forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears.

An engaging and evocative novel reminiscent of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice Network, The Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.

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  • Barbi N.

    I enjoy the book. I was not a fan of the mom character. I think it was a sign of the times. I did not enjoy the cheesy predictable ending. Other all the book was wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Rachelle S.

    I highly recommend this book....lots of twists and turns.....enjoyed it....such powerful time in history....we are extremely grateful for the sacrifices of others.

  • Teresa M.

    Great book. I throughly enjoyed it. WW11 was a terrible time in history and I’m sure this is just a small picture of what life was like. I have heard of many underground groups that helped get Jews and others out France etc. Thought the ending was predicable, but that doesn’t take away from the overall book.

  • Anonymous

    Good subject based on solid research but the fictional protagonist and her mother were very overdrawn and quite dislikable. The story moves along on improbable coincidences. I finished it but was often tempted to give up due to increasing dismay at key characters. I really wanted to enjoy and value this work but alas, it did not work for me and I am an avid reader of historical fiction situated in WWII.

  • Beth M.

    Good story. A bit long in the middle for me... but I enjoyed the book

  • Ali M.

    Lovely book. An ode to books, family, and bravery.

  • Georgina C.

    Loved this book!

  • Nancy K.

    Beautifully written, excellent narration & captivating story or courage, resilience & love. I loved this book.

  • Joy R.

    Excellent book Kept my interest

  • Debra D.

    Loved it!

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