The World That We Knew: A Novel by Alice HoffmanThe World That We Knew: A Novel by Alice Hoffman

The World That We Knew: A Novel

byAlice Hoffman

Paperback | September 24, 2019

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“Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman’s exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us—it is a glorious experience. The book builds and builds, as she weaves together, seamlessly, the stories of people in the most desperate of circumstances—and then it delivers with a tremendous punch. It opens up the world, the universe, in a way that it absolutely unique. By the end you may be weeping.” —Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge

“Alice Hoffman’s new novel will break your heart, and then stitch it back together piece by piece. It’s about love and loss, about history and the world today, about what happens when man goes against the laws of nature for good and for evil. It’s my new favorite Hoffman book—and if you know how much I adore her writing, that’s truly saying something.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light

“An exceptionally voiced tale of deepest love and of [Hoffman’s] finest. WWII fiction has glutted the market, but Hoffman’s unique brand of magical realism and the beautiful, tender yet devastating way she explores her subject make this a standout.” —Booklist (starred review)

In 1941, during humanity’s darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman.

In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it’s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.

Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she’s destined to be.

What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.
Title:The World That We Knew: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.25 × 1 inPublished:September 24, 2019Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:198213626X

ISBN - 13:9781982136260



Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and the author, Ms. Alice Hoffman, for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "The World That We Knew". Publishing 24 September 2019 This Devastatingly beautiful, enchanting, yet so heartwrenching story, has characters so real they come off the page! This is the unstoppable story about love, loss; how much a soul can take and what it means to be "human" during the most heinous period of modern history. The story begins in Berlin during WWII at the height if the Nazi Regime. A young mother, "Hanni Kohn", knows she needs to protect her 12 year old daughter from what is occurring around her...the round up for the gas chambers. Her daughter, "Lea" will come of age quickly as she fights to stay alive. ALICE HOFFMAN weaves a magical, fantastical tale with literary elegance. Historical Fiction recreated as only Ms. Hoffman can realize. 5 stars
Date published: 2019-08-05