All That Lingers: A

All That Lingers: A

by Irene Wittig
All That Lingers: A

All That Lingers: A

by Irene Wittig


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The rise of Nazism catapults Emma's once idyllic life in Vienna into chaos. As she grapples with the harsh new reality of her country's betrayal, she desperately clings to her humanity by hiding her Jewish friends. In the aftermath, she grapples with grief and despair,. She is helped by the friendship of a young British soldier in the post-war occupied Vienna, but only finds true solace by helping a young girl in even greater need than herself.

The war sends Sophie, her close friend's young daughter, down difficult paths to safety touched by renewed sorrow. Sophie returns to Vienna years later in search of her lost history.

Friedrich, Sophie's morally ambiguous uncle, teeters on the edge of what is right and his personal survival. His actions and inaction leave long-lasting repercussions that will threaten to throw all their lives into turmoil again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578820415
Publisher: Irene Wittig
Publication date: 12/12/2020
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

I was born in liberated Rome to a half-Jewish Viennese mother who had found a modicum of safety in Italy after the Nazi annexation of Austria. My early childhood was spent changing countries and languages until we arrived in New York. There, from age seven, I lived in a Manhattan neighborhood of Holocaust survivors and fellow Europeans displaced by war. I absorbed their memories of betrayals and sacrifice, of courage and difficult decisions, of strangers' kindnesses and sheer luck. I came to understand that their gratitude for having found safety in America was tinged with longing for the lives they'd once loved and had been forced to give up. I learned that the past is never quite past. These lingering shadows of all that had been lost are what inspired me to write ALL THAT LINGERS - yet, in writing the novel I found myself reflecting on what my family's life might have been like had they not been able to leave Vienna.

Table of Contents is my website with information, links, photographs relating to the world and time period depicted in the novel

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