The Postcard (Paperback)

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By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator)
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The Postcard combines the gentle suspense of a thriller with the powerful storytelling of a Jewish family devastated by the Holocaust. This is an emotional saga that begins in January 2003 with the delivery of an anonymous postcard listing the names of four family members killed at Auschwitz. Only fifteen years later does the heroine revisit this event, embarking on a quest to find out who sent it and why. So begins a captivating novel woven between two centuries, a poignant tale of mothers and daughters, and a luminous portrait of Parisian artistic and intellectual life in the 20th century. Beautiful and unforgettable storytelling — one of the best books I’ve read this year!

— Carolyn

May 2023 Indie Next List

“This family saga, about a mysterious postcard received decades after WWII, plunges a daughter and her mother into the search for the truth and their roots. I have never read a book so well-written, so engaging, so poignant, so real.”
— Marianne Reiner, La Playa Books, San Diego, CA


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"A testament to the power of imagination and an investigation of empathy."--Vogue

"Stunning."--Leslie Camhi, The New Yorker

"A can't-miss novel."--Chicago Review of Books

"Compelling."--The Washington Examiner

Anne Berest's The Postcard is among the most acclaimed and beloved French novels of recent years. It is at once a gripping investigation into family trauma, a poignant tale of mothers and daughters, and a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life.

January, 2003. Together with the usual holiday cards, an anonymous postcard is delivered to the Berest family home. On the front, a photo of the Op ra Garnier in Paris. On the back, the names of Anne Berest's maternal great-grandparents, Ephra m and Emma, and their children, No mie and Jacques--all killed at Auschwitz.

Years after the postcard is delivered, the heroine of this novel is moved to discover who sent it and why. What emerges is a moving saga of a family devastated by the travails of the twentieth century and partly restored through the power of storytelling.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798889660354
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: May 7th, 2024
Pages: 480
Language: English