Ellen Feldman

The war is over, but the past is never past.


The Living and the Lost

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Millie (Meike) Mosbach and her brother David, manage to escape to the States just before Kristallnacht, leaving their parents and little sister in Berlin. Now they are both back in their former hometown, haunted by ghosts and hoping against hope to find their family. Atmospheric and page-turning, The Living and the Lost is a story of love, survival, and forgiveness of others and of self.

Reviews & Praise

"Exquisite... will stay with readers long after the final page is turned." Publishers Weekly

"A deep and nuanced portrait of a complicated woman ... a dramatic saga...believable and well-documented history with a juicy reveal toward the end." The East Hampton Star

"This vivid novel should be required reading for those who are wondering why we still to this day find that it is far easier to hate other people than to pause and try to understand them." Historical Novels Review

"Vivid... illuminating... with plenty of action and even some romance, evoking a lesser-known historical period—the immediate postwar era and Berlin before the wall—and the complications and compromises that come with the end of war." Book Page

"Compelling... resonates today with disturbing themes ...a moving, unsentimental tale, which is also a love story... The scenes Feldman creates of bombed-out, black-market Berlin pulseā€¦her style is rich in description but understated in dialogue... with a sardonic, sorrowful authenticity." Joan Baum, NPR