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The Lost Wife

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13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

This is a great historical thriller that focuses on the long term cost of WWII on the innocent

In 1934 in Prague Lenka Maizel and medical student Josef Kohn fall in love. They marry as the German troops enter Prague. He pleads with her to leave the country but she refuses as she needs to be with her family. Josef manages to get to New York while his wife and i...
In 1934 in Prague Lenka Maizel and medical student Josef Kohn fall in love. They marry as the German troops enter Prague. He pleads with her to leave the country but she refuses as she needs to be with her family. Josef manages to get to New York while his wife and in-laws are sent to the Terezin concentration camp.

In 1947 Josef the obstetrician meets Amalia from Vienna at the public library. Like him she is a war refugee who lost her family to the Nazis. Believing he is a widow they marry. However, Lenka survived the Nazis by thinking of her Josef waiting for her every day. After being freed by the allies, Lenka married twice and had one child. Thirty eight years of marriage ends for Josef when Amalia died but he knows his love lives for a ghost who died decades earlier. Several years later, Josef's grandson is marrying another war refugee Lanie's granddaughter.

This is a great historical thriller that focuses on the long term cost of WWII on the innocent. The story line rotates perspective over six decades between Lenka and Josef. The changes of life brought on by Nazis is harrowing as Jews lived in a wonderful Prague Spring only to either escape to America or sent to the camps. Alyson Richman makes a strong case that even Hitler cannot kill true love.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 17, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The Lost Wife is the fourth novel by American author, Alyson Ric

The Lost Wife is the fourth novel by American author, Alyson Richman. In the year 2000 in New York City, Josef Kohn and Lanie Gottlieb meet: they are attending the rehearsal of the wedding of their grandson and granddaughter. The old man feels the woman looks familiar, ...
The Lost Wife is the fourth novel by American author, Alyson Richman. In the year 2000 in New York City, Josef Kohn and Lanie Gottlieb meet: they are attending the rehearsal of the wedding of their grandson and granddaughter. The old man feels the woman looks familiar, and soon discovers why. He realises she is Lenka Maizel, the woman he married in Prague, more than sixty years earlier. Richman tantalises the reader with the meeting of a long lost couple, then fills her novel with the story of their separate lives. The account of how Josef and Lenka meet is pure romance. What happens after they are separated becomes a Holocaust story. The scant two-page epilogue might be a disappointment to readers who want more of the present-day interaction between the main characters. Richman explores love, family loyalty, the choices we make in life, loss, grief, heartbreak, resilience under duress, hope and despair. She gives the reader some wonderfully evocative prose: “He took the record from its sheath and placed the needle down. And the room filled with a rain of notes” and “He played more beautifully than I had ever heard him play. The music resonating like a heart torn wide open, each note released onto golden wings” are just two examples. Richman’s extensive research into the Holocaust aspect and Terezin (and of this there is quite a lot in the novel) is apparent. A thought-provoking and moving read. 

posted by cloggiedownunder on April 25, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Simply Wonderful

    Profound

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Excellent!

    This was a beautifully written book and I enjoyed it from the beginning until the end! I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    lost wife

    A beautiful story. One of hope love and survival. Great read wish longer. I didnt want story to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    I loved this book!

    I was so sad when it ended, I wanted more, more! Yet I understood why the writer ended it where she did, still I re-read it immeadiately to see if there was anything I had missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Lovely

    A beautiful story about two lovers who are unwilling seperated during World War Two. While the world around them continues to change their love for one another never ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Beautifully written and deeply moving.

    Most readers will not forget this story...nor should we.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Amazing

    This is a beautifully written love story that touches on the real relationships the holocust destroyed. The strength of people who have lost everything but still find the will to trust and survive is beautifully entwined in this book. A must read i was so sad to let this couple go at the end i wanted to experience more of their jouney together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Great Read

    I could not put this book down. Great love story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Unbelieveable

    The best book i nave read in many years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Excellent

    Very moving. Very real. Couldn't put it down. Well worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Beautigul Beautiful novel

    I could not put this book down. I was incredibly drawn to the characters and the story told in these pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Wonderful

    This book was wonderful! I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Awesome book

    This book meant so much to me because i had been to Poland, the author tells the story in such a moving and decriptive way that i felt i was looking over her shoulder
    I have seen the paintings of the children jn the museum there,,,,,,,to read about them in this book was overwelming to me, Iwas so moved by the characters and shed tears,
    We should never forget,,,everyone should read this wonderful book,

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This book is Alyson Richman's fourth novel and it is as good as her other three. It was very hard to put down once I started it. She writes pictures with her words. You know what the characters feel and think by the way this author describes them. The story is well told and is one of a kind. It would lend itself for book club discussion and has questions to use at the end.

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