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The Postcard (Paperback)

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By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator)
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The Postcard begins as a fairly straightforward biography of the author’s family and their tragic fates in the Holocaust. Its power builds gradually through the accretion of details which bring the Rabinowitzs vividly to life as unique individuals, as relatable as our own families; details that reinforce the scope of the tragedy, the millions of other individuals, the injustices and unbelievable horrors seeping into every moment of daily life, in every corner of every country in Europe, the impossible choices, the legacy of survivors. The Postcard is also a stunning celebration of resistance, a loving portrait of a fascinating family, and an entertaining mystery. It is, in sum, an extraordinarily personal and powerful remembrance.

— Sara, Atlanta

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 BEST BOOK OF 2023
TIME MagazineNPRLibrary JournalThe Globe and MailLilithForward MagazineToronto StarThe New Yorker


"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