The Lost Wife (Paperback)

By Alyson Richman

Berkley, 9780425244135, 368pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/12/2012)
Hardcover, Large Print, Large Print (2/1/2012)
Paperback (3/1/2012)

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“In 1939 Prague, Lenka and Joseph, who are both Jewish, meet, fall in love, and marry, only days later to be separated for a lifetime. In her historical novels, Richman develops the plot with a question in mind. How could beauty and art come from the horrific conditions within the walls of the Terezin Concentration Camp? This is a difficult subject, but don't be hesitant to dive into this incredibly written work of Holocaust literature.”
— Kathy Shattuck, Northwind Book & Fiber, Spooner, WI
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A rapturous novel of star-crossed love in a time of war—from the international bestselling author of The Velvet Hours.

In pre-World War II Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, an unexpected encounter leads to an inescapable glance of recognition, and the realization that providence has given Lenka and Josef one more chance...

From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit—and the strength of memory.

“Staggeringly evocative, romantic, heart-rending, sensual and beautifully written...[it] may very well be the Sophie's Choice of this generation.”—New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart

About the Author

Alyson Richman is the international bestselling author of The Velvet Hours, The Garden of Letters, The Lost Wife, The Last Van Gogh, The Rhythm of Memory, and The Mask Carver’s Son. She lives in Long Island, New York, with her husband and two children.

Praise For The Lost Wife

“A truly beautiful heartfelt story...I couldn't put it down once I started it. Ms. Richman is a very special talent.”—New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah

“Daringly constructed, this moving novel begins at the end and then, in a fully-realized circle through the most traumatic event of the 20th century, returns you there in a way that makes your heart leap.”—Loring Mandel, Emmy-winning playwright and author of Conspiracy

“A love story wrapped in tragedy and survival, I read The Lost Wife in one sitting. Tense, emotional and fulfilling: a great achievement by Alyson Richman.”—Martin Fletcher, Winner of the Jewish National Book Award and NBC Special News

“Richman paints a beautiful, though heart-wrenching, picture of Jewish life in Prague and Terezin during WWII...this endearing novel deserves a place on the shelf next to other unforgettable sagas.”—RT Book Reviews