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Love and Treasure

A Novel
Waldman, Ayelet (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"In 1945 on the outskirts of Salzburg, victorious American soldiers capture a train filled with unspeakable riches: piles of fine gold watches; mountains of fur coats; crates filled with wedding rings, silver picture frames, family heirlooms, and Shabbat candlesticks passed down through generations. Jack Wiseman, a tough, smart New York Jew, is the lieutenant charged with guarding this treasure--a responsibility that grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust. Seventy years later, amid the shadowy world of art dealers who profit off the sins of previous generations, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie Stein, and charges her with searching for an unknown woman--a woman whose portrait and fate come to haunt Natalie, a woman whose secret may help Natalie to understand the guilt her grandfather will take to his grave and to find a way out of the mess she has made of her own life" -- from publisher's web site.
Authors: Waldman, Ayelet
Title: Love and treasure
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2014
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 334 pages ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ayelet Waldman
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso
Summary: "In 1945 on the outskirts of Salzburg, victorious American soldiers capture a train filled with unspeakable riches: piles of fine gold watches; mountains of fur coats; crates filled with wedding rings, silver picture frames, family heirlooms, and Shabbat candlesticks passed down through generations. Jack Wiseman, a tough, smart New York Jew, is the lieutenant charged with guarding this treasure--a responsibility that grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a fierce, beautiful Hungarian who has lost everything in the ravages of the Holocaust. Seventy years later, amid the shadowy world of art dealers who profit off the sins of previous generations, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie Stein, and charges her with searching for an unknown woman--a woman whose portrait and fate come to haunt Natalie, a woman whose secret may help Natalie to understand the guilt her grandfather will take to his grave and to find a way out of the mess she has made of her own life" -- from publisher's web site.
ISBN: 9780385533546
0385533543
9780385533553
Branch Call Number: FICTION WALDMAN 2014
Subject Headings: Reminiscing in old age Fiction World War, 1939-1945 Confiscations and contributions Hungary Fiction Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Hungary Fiction Jewish property Hungary Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Reminiscing in old age
World War, 1939-1945
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Jewish property
LCCN: 2012049781
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Jun 05, 2014
  • momweigel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved this book! Very unique as it spanned different time periods. Loved the author's style. Made me do some research into the subject matter to see how much of this was true! I will want to read more by this author.

Mar 21, 2014
  • nsteeves rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

FYI: I read an ARC of this book. As a fan of her Mommy-Track mysteries, this book was a welcome, surprising leap. I should have anticipated the change in her writing, though, as it is very much in line with her Twitter persona: smart, almost painfully gifted at seeing every side of a story, ready for a fight, proudly Jewish. I considered whether I saw any influence from her husband's work, and nothing jumped out; instead, I saw parallels to Jonathan Franzen, as like him Waldman has a great ear for argument dialogue where futures would seemingly hang in the balance if the intensity of the arguments are to be believed - but in fact, the outside world is not nearly so affected by the problems of the characters, and all of the risks are taken just in the expression of thoughts to lovers, the consequences not reflected in external circumstances but in whether the lovers continue on together. I also enjoyed the format of three separate-but-connected stories - anyone who likes how fiction plays with truth and memory should try it.

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