The Living and the Lost (by Ellen Feldman) … a story of healing

I love books set during WWII. This book was different in that it focused on the time period after the war. It was interesting to see how individuals dealt with the aftermath of the holocaust. There was a rampant use of the black market. The main characters, siblings Millie and David, fled Germany for the U.S. during the war. The author does an amazing job of taking you back in time and their new life in America. And yet, as they’ve escaped Germany, they still experience anti-Semitism. The brother and sister end up together in Berlin to assist in America’s efforts for denazification. But the healing that has to happen in Germany, their lives, as well as so many people you meet throughout the pages of this story will move you.

This is a tale of guilt, escape, bravery. compassion, loss, and love. As you walk through Millie’s past and present, you begin to unravel the mystery of why she is struggling and suffering. The effect Major Harry Sutton has on Millie’s process of acceptance and healing is admirable. I really like his character.

I highly recommend this book. What an emotional story that will touch you deeply.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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