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The Lost Family: A Novel di Jenna Blum
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The Lost Family: A Novel (originale 2018; edizione 2018)

di Jenna Blum (Autore)

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In 1960s Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha's for the delicious food, impeccable service, and dashing owner and chef, Peter Rashkin. Peter suffers from the terrible guilt of surviving Auschwitz while his wife, Masha--the restaurant's namesake--and two young daughters perished. Although he is considered the most eligible bachelor in town, Peter has resigned himself to a solitary life. Then he falls passionately in love with beautiful young model June Bouquet, and hopes to finally let go of the past. But over the next twenty years, the indelible sadness of his memories overshadow Peter, June, and their daughter Elsbeth, transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking, and unexpected ways.… (altro)
Utente:Jinjer
Titolo:The Lost Family: A Novel
Autori:Jenna Blum (Autore)
Info:Harper (2018), Edition: First Edition, 432 pages
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  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Wow, so much great about this book. Loved the character development. I felt a part of everything going on and could not put it down. A great book for those that like family relationship women's fiction. Definitely add this one to your to be read list. ( )
  SharleneMartinMoore | Apr 24, 2021 |
Na het lezen van 'Het familieportret' van Jenna Blum verwachtte ik dat haar nieuwe boek zich wederom zou afspelen tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Niets was minder waar, 'De verloren familie' is een prachtige roman, waarin de hoofdpersoon 'Peter' een overlever is van het concentratiekamp Theresienstadt. Zijn vrouw en twee dochtertjes overleefden de oorlog niet. Dit boek omschrijft prachtig dat het overleven van de gruwelijkheden van de oorlog en het verliezen van zijn familie zelfs jaren later nog grote impact heeft op het leven van Peter, maar ook van zijn nieuwe vrouw June en hun gezamenlijke dochter Elsbeth.
De roman is verdeeld in drie delen. Elk deel wordt verteld vanuit het perspectief van één van de drie gezinsleden. Ik vond dit emotionele verhaal prachtig om te lezen en het heeft me een heel nieuw beeld gegeven van de naoorlogse jaren in Amerika. Ook erg leuk zijn de menukaarten van Masha's, het restaurant van Peter, dat vernoemd is naar zijn eerste vrouw. Ik ben blij dat de cover van dit boek prachtig past bij mijn editie van 'Het familieportret', een absolute aanrader voor in elke boekenkast. ( )
  tantanel | Nov 20, 2019 |
I don't know where I expected this book to end up, but it wasn't what I imagined. That being said, it wasn't a bad thing, this book took me along for a ride that was different and unique. The characters are all horribly flawed, while still being likable and sympathetic. The book opens with Peter Rashkin, a Manhattan restaurant owner who is grateful for escaping the Nazis, but also feels safest hiding in a kitchen. He lost his wife and twin daughters in a camp and to honor them he names his flourishing restaurant after his wife. For two decades he's devoted every minute of his day to the success of his restaurant, he has no time for relationships or fun. That is until he meets a charming model named June Bouquet. She's easily two years his junior and they share next to nothing in common (except for their good looks) but they strike up a romance that turns out to be what neither of them expected. June always feels she is in the shadow of Peter's dead wife, and Peter just wants the simplicity of the kitchen with an occasional spice from June. As their story progresses it expands, shrinks, aches, and longs to be fulfilled. The Lost Family is the story of a non-traditional romance with heavy baggage and the tolls it takes on those involved. I liked how the story progressed across decades, the characters were also rich and complex and it felt so real. A fulfilling tale of loves progression and recession. ( )
  ecataldi | May 26, 2019 |
Told in three sections, this is a story of a family of three: Peter, a Jewish German-American survivor of Auschwitz whose Aryan wife Masha and twin daughters were killed by Nazis; June, a Midwestern girl who moved to New York to model, and became Peter's second wife; and their daughter Elspeth, who adores cooking with Peter but suffers from his workaholism and, following a heart attack, his depression, as well as June's criticism about her weight and diet.

From mid-1960s New York to suburban New Jersey in the 1970s and '80s, we follow Peter, June, and Elspeth through their struggles: financial, health, past trauma, infidelity, eating disorder, and eventually divorce. Blum captures each decade's character as well as each individual's desires and mortivations.

Somewhat relevant article about inherited trauma: https://mosaicscience.com/story/conflict-suicide-northern-ireland/

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He was all too familiar with what happened to civility when a city's lights went out. (12)

...it was disconcerting to discover how easily one's defenses were still undone. (Peter during the blackout in New York, 16)

...for a moment Peter fancied that the special acoustics of the terminal allowed for time preservation...that every soul and moment that had ever been through here was collected and preserved under the high roof, where they mixed and mingled. (46)

This memory shrapnel was surfacing more and more for Peter lately. (76)

There was no way to tell anyone who hadn't been there any of that, how your very concept of luck turned inside out and upside down, so that when you found yourself alive at the end of it, you were no longer sure whether that was a good thing. (86)

[June] was the quintessence of Peter's adopted country, his fresh American start. (95)

Suddenly you were invisible, and the next day worse....and you stared in astonishment at the erosion of your life... (123)

But Peter had always been a coward; he had always known that about himself. It was his worst, most damning trait, the one that defined him, the secret at his core he tried and tried to keep hidden but that inevitably surfaced, time and time again. It was his inability to act, his paralysis in crucial situations. His inability to jump. (142)

Was it the same for everyone? Was the magnitude of discrepancy between the person you thought you were marrying and the person you got similar for most couples? (204)

"You can't compete with ghosts." (Gregg to June, 210)

She felt resentful, tricked: not by Gregg but by war. It was such a wily opponent. It had punched such big holes in June's life... (259)

"But in the end, this is who I am, and this is the best I can do." (Peter to June, 272) ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 30, 2019 |
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In 1960s Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha's for the delicious food, impeccable service, and dashing owner and chef, Peter Rashkin. Peter suffers from the terrible guilt of surviving Auschwitz while his wife, Masha--the restaurant's namesake--and two young daughters perished. Although he is considered the most eligible bachelor in town, Peter has resigned himself to a solitary life. Then he falls passionately in love with beautiful young model June Bouquet, and hopes to finally let go of the past. But over the next twenty years, the indelible sadness of his memories overshadow Peter, June, and their daughter Elsbeth, transforming them in shocking, heartbreaking, and unexpected ways.

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