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The Lost Family by Jenna Blum

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The Lost Family

In 1960s Manhattan, patrons flock to Masha’s to savor its fine cuisine and impeccable service, and to admire its owner and head chef, Peter Rashkin. With his movie-star good looks and tragic past, Peter suffers the guilt of surviving the horrors of a Nazi death camp while his wife, Masha and twin daughters perished.


While pouring his heart into the restaurant, Peter unexpectedly falls in love with and marries a much younger, up and coming super model, June Bouquet, with whom he has a daughter, Elsbeth. Over the next two decades, memories of his past dominate Peter’s life with June and Elsbeth, transforming each of them in heartbreaking, shocking, unexpected ways.


The Lost Family gives us a window into the elegance of upper class Manhattan overshadowed by the savagery of Auschwitz post World War II. A husband devastated by a haunting grief, a frustrated wife competing with a ghost, and a daughter sensitive to the pain of both, this is a captivating, funny, and heart rendering tale of love and loss.

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