The Book of Lost Names

The Book of Lost Names

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears.

An engaging and evocative novel reminiscent of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice Network, The Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.

Title:The Book of Lost Names
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982131890
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  • Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    Happy Publication Day to The Book Of Lost Names!3.5 stars. The tearful ending made me round up to 4 instead of down to 3.An eye-opening and informative, lighter WWII story.Eva and her mother are force...

  • Angela M

    Holocaust stories are never easy to read and they shouldn’t be. While we never see the horrors of the death camps in this novel, we see the heartbreaking impact on so many, especially children, whos...

  • Tina

    This book is a historical fiction that goes between 2005 (Eva in the present) and the 1940's (Eva in the past). This book is all about WWII when Germany takes over Paris, France. Eva is a Jewish girl ...

  • Danielle

    Everyone should just accept that any book from this time period is going to be gut wrenching. 💔 It is a horrific time in our world history, that should never be forgotten. This book had all those f...

  • Tina

    This is my first Kristin Harmel book. She's a good writer and the story flows well. I did not know much about the French resistance in WWII and it was interesting to read about it. I liked Eva the ma...

  • Karren  Sandercock

    May 2005, Eva Traube is in her 80’s and she enjoys working part time at her local library and she spends most of her time shelving books. One day she is shocked to see an article in a magazine, itâ€...

  • Debbie

    Another well-written book about WWII and the tenacious women who fought, usually indirectly, against the Nazis!Why I liked this story:1. the premise of this story about Eva, a young woman working with...

  • Ingrid

    As always I'm trying to find books about WWII that are interesting to read and have a fair bit of reality in them. This book is too much of a romance for me with characters that are magnified in a way...

  • Elisheva

    I really wanted to like this book, the premise was really intriguing, but I did not like the execution. The book's summary starts, "Inspired by an astonishing true story," which I feel is misleading. ...

  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    In 1942, Eva Traube was a happy graduate student working with her favorite things in the world - books. However, her quiet life in Paris is quickly turned on its head when her father is arrested along...