The New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Uscreates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged, beautifully rendered story that spans a generation, from the 1960s to the 1980s
In 1965 Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha’s to savor its brisket bourguignon and impeccable service and to admire its dashing owner and head chef Peter Rashkin. With his movie-star good looks and tragic past, Peter, a survivor of Auschwitz, is the most eligible bachelor in town. But Peter does not care for the parade of eligible women who come to the restaurant hoping to catch his eye. He has resigned himself to a solitary life. Running Masha’s consumes him, as does his terrible guilt over surviving the horrors of the Nazi death camp while his wife, Masha—the restaurant’s namesake—and two young daughters perished.
Then exquisitely beautiful June Bouquet, an up-and-coming young model, appears at the restaurant, piercing Peter’s guard. Though she is twenty years his junior, the two begin a passionate, whirlwind courtship. When June unexpectedly becomes pregnant, Peter proposes, believing that beginning a new family with the woman he loves will allow him to let go of the horror of the past. But over the next twenty years, the indelible sadness of those memories will overshadow Peter, June, and their daughter Elsbeth, transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking, and unexpected ways.
Jenna Blum artfully brings to the page a husband devastated by a grief he cannot name, a frustrated wife struggling to compete with a ghost she cannot banish, and a daughter sensitive to the pain of both her own family and another lost before she was born. Spanning three cinematic decades, The Lost Family is a charming, funny, and elegantly bittersweet study of the repercussions of loss and love. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Harper Books #Partner for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I love historical fiction, I don’t read it nearly enough, and when I pick up a book like “THE LOST FAMILY” I am reminded of how much I love it, and than I ponder my life choices and wonder why I don’t read it more often.
The writing in this book was beautiful. The heart of the story was heartbreaking. It travels through some of my very favorite decades to read about, from the 1960’s to the 1980’s you journey along with Peter and June, and their daughter. You see the obstacles each character has to overcome. You cry with them, you laugh with them, your heart aches with them, and you feel joy with them. This is a very complex story, from the grief that grips Peter, to the way June tries to be and do everything for Peter, and the way Peter and June do all they can for their family, for their daughter. It’s a realistic story, of an average family, and the lives they lead. I want to devour more of Jenna Blum’s writing!!