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The Lost Family

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
The New York Times best-selling author of Those Who Save Us creates a vivid portrait of marriage, family, and the haunting grief of World War II in this emotionally charged, beautifully rendered story that spans a generation, from the 1960s to the 1980s.

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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Deftly executed, deeply moving, and full of heart, Jenna Blum’s The Lost Family is an evocative look at the legacy of war and how it impacts one memorable family." - Jami Attenberg

"I was spellbound from the start of The Lost Family. The writing is so smart and empathetic and I think what will stay with me the most are the characters, who on the surface embody glamour and verve, but who are in fact all striving to find happiness under a legacy of devastating loss. This is a dazzling novel of great compassion, honestly reckoning with the time-and-place-spanning ripple effect of great pain as well as love." - Laura Moriarty

"Jenna Blum shines a powerful light on how the past swings back and how we must face it. The Lost Family is an extraordinary read, the kind of book that makes you sob and smile, the kind that gives you hope…. It is compassionate, masterful and disturbingly contemporary." - Tatiana De Rosnay


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June 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Lost Family (Thorndike Press Large Print Peer Picks)
Author(s): Jenna Blum
ISBN: 1-4328-5174-8 / 978-1-4328-5174-3 (USA edition)
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June 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Lost Family: A Novel
Author(s): Jenna Blum
ISBN: 0-06-274216-7 / 978-0-06-274216-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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June 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Lost Family: A Novel
Author(s): Jenna Blum
ISBN: 0-06-274217-5 / 978-0-06-274217-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
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November 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Lost Family
Author(s): Jenna Blum
ISBN: 0-349-13463-4 / 978-0-349-13463-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Blackfriars
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Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Lost Family
Author(s): Jenna Blum
ISBN: 1-5385-4977-8 / 978-1-5385-4977-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Lost Family Lib/E
Author(s): Jenna Blum
ISBN: 1-5385-4976-X / 978-1-5385-4976-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Lost Family
Author(s): Jenna Blum
ISBN: 1-5385-4978-6 / 978-1-5385-4978-0 (USA edition)
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Lost Family: A Novel
Author(s): Jenna Blum
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Lost Family: A Novel
Author(s): Jenna Blum
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Lost Family: A Novel
Author(s): Jenna Blum
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

June 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Lost Family
Author(s): Jenna Blum
Publisher: Blackfriars
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June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Lost Family: A Novel
Author(s): Jenna Blum
Publisher: Harper
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