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A spellbinding new novel of contraband masterpieces, tragic love, and the unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes, Ayelet Waldman’s Love and Treasure weaves a tale around the fascinating, true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in the Second World War.

In 1945 on the outskirts of Salzburg, victorious American soldiers capture a train filled with unspeakable riches: piles of fine gold watches; mountains of fur coats; crates filled with wedding rings, silver picture frames, family heirlooms, and Shabbat candlesticks passed down through generations. Jack Wiseman, a tough, smart New York Jew, is the lieutenant charged with guarding this treasure — a responsibility that grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust. Seventy years later, amid the shadowy world of art dealers who profit off the sins of previous generations, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie Stein, and charges her with searching for an unknown woman — a woman whose portrait and fate come to haunt Natalie, a woman whose secret may help Natalie to understand the guilt her grandfather will take to his grave and to find a way out of the mess she has made of her own life.

A story of brilliantly drawn characters — a suave and shady art historian, a delusive and infatuated Freudian, a family of singing circus dwarfs fallen into the clutches of Josef Mengele, and desperate lovers facing choices that will tear them apart — Love and Treasure is Ayelet Waldman’s finest novel to date: a sad, funny, richly detailed work that poses hard questions about the value of precious things in a time when life itself has no value, and about the slenderest of chains that can bind us to the griefs and passions of the past.

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“Waldman’s historically resonant novel offers stories within stories, spanning a century....A page-turner.” Chicago Tribune

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“Powerful....Waldman sustains her multiple plot lines with breathless confidence and descriptive panache.” The New York Times Book Review

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“Waldman is a wonderfully imaginative writer, but she’s drawn the central event of her absorbing new novel directly from history....[A] triumph.” The Washington Post

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“Thoughtful, expansive....The pendant’s crooked passage across the century...hold[s] the book’s elegantly balanced parts together like the wire of a Calder mobile.” The Wall Street Journal

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“Ambitious, absorbing, and poignantly moving.” Joyce Carol Oates

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“Engaging....Lively....The female characters...are headstrong women brimming with passion, regrets and ideals.” San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Ayelet Waldman is the author of the novels Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter’s Keeper, as well as of the essay collection Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace and the Mommy-Track Mystery series. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and four children. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307739575
Author:
Waldman, Ayelet
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20150131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352

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Product details 352 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307739575 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Waldman’s historically resonant novel offers stories within stories, spanning a century....A page-turner.”
"Review" by , “Powerful....Waldman sustains her multiple plot lines with breathless confidence and descriptive panache.”
"Review" by , “Waldman is a wonderfully imaginative writer, but she’s drawn the central event of her absorbing new novel directly from history....[A] triumph.”
"Review" by , “Thoughtful, expansive....The pendant’s crooked passage across the century...hold[s] the book’s elegantly balanced parts together like the wire of a Calder mobile.”
"Review" by , “Ambitious, absorbing, and poignantly moving.”
"Review" by , “Engaging....Lively....The female characters...are headstrong women brimming with passion, regrets and ideals.”
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