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Letters Across the Sea von Genevieve Graham
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Letters Across the Sea (2021. Auflage)

von Genevieve Graham (Autor)

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Titel:Letters Across the Sea
Autoren:Genevieve Graham (Autor)
Info:Simon & Schuster (2021), 384 pages
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Letters Across the Sea is a historical fiction novel by Genevieve Graham. This novel is well written and definitely a page-turner that I could not put down once I started. The friendship between two families, in Toronto, are ruined thanks to Hitler's ideologies (Swastika Clubs) and his hated for the Jewish communities. Although this is a WWII novel, it is set in Canada and the story takes you through the battles in Hong Kong and what the Canadian soldiers went through. A definite must have for your bookshelf. Highly recommend! ( )
  BridgetteS | Jun 12, 2021 |
I loved this story. It’s a perfect blend of real events and fictional characters blended together to weave a tale of heartbreak and endurance. Genevieve Graham does a wonderful job of bringing to life the connected stories of Jewish people in Canada just before WW11 and the nightmarish story of an untested Canadian battle battalion who faced a veteran Japanese battle group in Hong Kong. The majority of the survivors were thrown into Japanese labor camps and exposed to the worst conditions imaginable. Their story is largely unknown and mostly forgotten. It is brought to life through the stories of Molly and Max, one a Protestant and one a Jew. Born into opposing religious factions, their love for each other overcomes all obstacles placed in their way, but when Max is deployed, Molly must find her own path without ever knowing if she will see Max again. As we learn in the notes section, while the characters themselves are fictional, the events and recollections of events are real, and it’s so important to remember the sacrifice of this small group of Canadian soldiers. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  hana321 | Jun 11, 2021 |
The history of antisemitism in Toronto in the years leading up to Word War II was new and surprising to me, and made all too real by Graham. This historical fiction revolves around Mollie and Max, good friends from childhood even though they come from an Irish family and a Jewish family. As they become adults in 1933 they realize their feelings for each other have become romantic in spite of their awareness that their families would never allow a relationship. The division becomes more intense following a riot caused by a SwastiKa Club when tragic injuries are caused, both physical and emotional. The novel resumes in 1939, and Mollie and Max, already estranged, are further distanced by the War and Max's enlistment. Graham's descriptions of the white supremacist movement, and then the brutality of the prisoner of war camps in China and Japan, make for disturbing and powerful reading. The resolution of this story may seem somewhat facile, but it balances out some of the preceding devastation. ( )
  sleahey | Apr 14, 2021 |
With meticulous historical detail and exquisite writing, author Genevieve Graham has brought forth an epic saga of steadfast love, compassion, endurance and heroism. From the anti-Semitic Christie Pits riot of 1933 to the Christmas Battle of Hong Kong of 1941 and VJ Day of1945, Ms. Graham evokes richly detailed events of Canadian history and has rescued them from obscurity. The story is on the one hand a tale of horrific events, yet also one of tender caring and tremendous loyalty. Her characters are well developed, thought provoking and highly relatable.

This was my first foray into the writing of Genevieve Graham and I assure you that it won't be my last. I learned a bit more history of our nice neighbors to the north in Toronto and their engagement at the little-known Battle of Hong Kong during WWII, gaining a whole new respect for them. This was a beautiful and at times heart-wrenching tale which was highly satisfying when all was said and done. Can't wait to read more by this gifted author and storyteller.

Publication Date: April 27, 2021
Pages: 384
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781982156640

I am grateful to author Genevieve Graham and her publisher, Simon and Schuster, for having provided a complimentary advance uncorrected reader's proof of this book through NetGalley. Their generosity, however, has not influenced this review - the words of which are mine alone. ( )
  KateBaxter | Feb 10, 2021 |
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