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.