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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 20 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 20 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.
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By Miss Manners on 07-01-18
STIMULATES THE HEART, MIND AND IMAGINATION
What can you say to a great story teller as Jenna Blum ? Did this happen to your family or someone you know of ? How did you get so many twists & turns in one book ? You really can't describe the heartache of this novel without believing it really happened AND BEING IMMERSED IN EVERY LIFE.
BRAVO ! ! Well done ! I never knew where it was going & I will recommend it , even if parts are very tough to get through.!
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By nursebettyknitting on 07-28-18
Good story, perfect narration, a true gem of a book. Raw and honest representation of how a marriage can be. A portrait of a family life connectedness’ through generations. Loved every minute of it.
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