By Lauren Belfer
National Jewish publication Award Winner!
The New York Times-bestselling writer of A Fierce Radiance and City of Light returns with a brand new strong and passionate novel—inspired through ancient events—about girls, one eu and one American, and the mysterious choral masterpiece via Johann Sebastian Bach that adjustments either their lives.
In the ruins of Germany in 1945, on the finish of global battle II, American soldier Henry Sachs takes a memento, an previous song manuscript, from a probably abandoned mansion and mistakenly kills the lady who attempts to prevent him.
In the United States in 2010, Henry’s niece, Susanna Kessler, struggles to rebuild her lifestyles after she studies a devastating act of violence at the streets of recent York urban. while Henry dies quickly after, she uncovers the long-hidden track manuscript. She turns into made up our minds to find what it's and to come back it to its rightful proprietor, a trip that might problem her preconceptions approximately herself and her family’s history—and additionally supply her a chance to ultimately make peace with the past.
In Berlin, Germany, in 1783, amid the city’s glittering salons the place aristocrats and commoners, Christians and Jews, mingle freely regardless of simmering anti-Semitism, Sara Itzig Levy, a well known musician, conceals the manuscript of an anti-Jewish cantata by way of Johann Sebastian Bach, an unsettling reward to her from Bach’s son, her instructor. This paintings and its worrying message will hang-out Sara and her relations for generations to come.
Interweaving the tales of Susanna and Sara, and their households, And After the Fire traverses over 200 years of background, from the eighteenth century in the course of the Holocaust and into this present day, seamlessly melding previous and current, actual and imagined. Lauren Belfer’s deeply researched, evocative, and compelling narrative resonates with emotion and immediacy.
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And After the Fire: A Novel by Lauren Belfer