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Last Train to Parisby Michele Zackheim
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1935. Rose Manon, an American daughter of the mountains of Nevada, working as a journalist in New York, is awarded her dream job, foreign correspondent. Posted to Paris, she is soon entangled in romance, an unsolved murder, and the desperation of a looming war. Assigned to the Berlin desk, Manon is forced to grapple with her hidden identity as a Jew, the mistrust of her lover, and an unwelcome visitor on the eve of Kristallnacht. And . . . on the day before World War II is declared, she must choose who will join her on the last train to Paris.
This is a carefully researched historical novel that reads like a suspense thriller. Colette and Janet Flanner are only two of the well-known figures woven into the story. The parts they play will surprise readers. Last Train to Paris will enthrall the same audience that made In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson and Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky bestsellers.
Rose Manon has come of age in small-town Nevada but dreams of escaping east. When she learns of an opening for a staff reporter in New York City, she jumps at the chance to pursue her dreams. As the summer of 1935 unfolds, Rose proves she has what it takes to succeed in the newsroom. She also discovers a long-hidden secret about her ethnicity.
By 1937 Rose is reporting for the Paris Courier. However, she quickly realizes that the true story is unfolding across the border. She secures a position in the Berlin press office, but must come to terms with the terrifying fate awaiting her adopted city. And on the day before World War II is declared, she must choose who will join her on the last train to Paris.
This thrilling novel is rich in historical detail, and Zackheims brisk pacing and finely wrought language will transport readers to one of the most dramatic eras in history.
A young woman raised on Nevadas frontier escapes to New York in the mid 1930s, where she becomes a well-regarded journalist and discovers her long-hidden Jewish ancestry. After traveling to Paris as a foreign correspondent, she soon moves to Berlin, where she realizes the Nazi party is a threat to all of Europe. However, her reporting on the matter is less than appreciated in both America and Germany.
About the Author
Michele Zackheim worked as a visual artist before turning to writing. She has shown in numerous museums and galleries. She is also the author of Einsteins Daughter, nonfiction, and Violettes Embrace. She lives with her husband in New York.
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