Gǣ[A] hymn to the power of resistance, perseverance, and enduring love in dark timesGǪgravely beautifulGǪHoffman the storyteller continues to dazzle.Gǥ GTHE NEW YORK TIMES
GǣOh, what a book this is! HoffmanGs exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to usGit is a glorious experience.Gǥ GELIZABETH STROUT, Pulitzer PrizeGwinning author of Olive Kitteridge
GǣAlice HoffmanGs new novel will break your heart, and then stitch it back together piece by piece. ItGs my new favorite Hoffman book.Gǥ GJODI PICOULT, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light
In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but itGs his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.
Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter sheGs destined to be.
What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.