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A gripping story of survival amidst the horrors of the first World War told from the perspective of a young teenage girl and her family. – "Moving...Thoroughly readable; it has some great revelations.” – The Daily Mail “An exceptionally well written and moving book...this book should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in war.” – The Guardian “Heartbreaking and beautifully written...a testament to survival." – The Times of London
The family of Hana is sent from Bohemia to a small town in Germany, and the trauma of leaving behind their beloved homeland and their relatives in this otherworldly country begins to take its toll. Hana, who is adored by all, feels increasingly isolated and wishes only for her beloved aunt Katarina and her family to come to join them. But, instead of preparing for their arrival, Katarina, who has not seen her own husband and children for ten years, goes on a hunting expedition with a group of men, including her brother-in-law, a violent, drunken bully. Hana and her mother seek refuge in a house owned by an elderly Jewish woman, but their temporary stay is threatened when a wandering soldier enters the home. When the soldier injures Hana, the family must take desperate measures to protect themselves.
Though Hana's family is treated with suspicion and hatred by the villagers, they begin to work together to protect themselves and survive. Hana, however, is not alone. Hidden away in a nearby village, she finds an ally in the gentle Miss Bessi, who tells her the story of how she survived the horrors of the war. Although Hana finds some be359ba680