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The Book of Lost Names


“The Book of Lost Names” by Kristin Harmel is a historical fiction novel set during World War II, following the story of Eva Traube Abrams, a young Jewish woman living in Paris. As the Nazis occupy the city, Eva is forced to flee and leave behind her life, including her job as a librarian. She joins the French Resistance and is tasked with forging documents to help Jewish children escape to safety.

Amidst the chaos and danger of wartime France, Eva collaborates with a Catholic priest named Remy who shares her mission of saving lives. Together, they create a system to encode the real names of the children they help onto library cards, which are then hidden in a secret book. This book becomes known as “The Book of Lost Names.”

Years later, in 2005, Eva is living in the United States and working as a librarian when she encounters a young woman who is researching her family’s history. This encounter prompts Eva to revisit her past and confront the painful memories she has tried to bury.

As Eva delves into her past and the secrets of “The Book of Lost Names,” she is forced to confront difficult truths about love, sacrifice, and survival. The novel explores themes of resilience, identity, and the power of hope in the face of adversity, offering a poignant portrayal of courage and humanity in one of history’s darkest periods.

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