The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel
Hi, I am Simi. I love reading because it lets me travel to other places and times that I wouldn’t otherwise see. I also love to play lacrosse and hockey, and write.
Eva Traube’s life before the war was good, she was happy living with her Jewish parents in a flat in Paris. She was gonna get her doctorate in English literature, she was content. Then, the war came, and the Jews were scorned, dehumanized and rounded up, yet somehow Eva and her mamusia escaped capture. Her father, heartbreakingly, did not. Eva had to do something, she couldn’t lose her mother and father, so she forged papers. Good papers. Then, she and her mamusia left, they went to the tiny town of Aurigon, where, for a while, they felt safe, or as safe as fugitives can feel, and focused on finding Eva’s father. Until, Pere Clement, recruited Eva in his mission to save Jews, using forgery, in exchange for looking for Eva’s father.
Eva quickly got invested in saving people, but she did not want to just erase the Jewish part of these people, especially the children. So she, and her fellow forgery partner Remy, created a book. The book of lost names, a book that held pieces of so many lives.
I really enjoyed this book because the story was very fascinating, the characters were well developed and the writing was great. If you love world war two stories, or any historical fiction, i highly recommend this book.