The younger survivors of Debra Barnes

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The Young Survivors by Debra Barnes is a wonderful historical debut novel. It's completely absorbent and I couldn't take it off.

The novel is indeed based on the author's mother's war experiences. It pays homage to the invincible human spirit and to the six million who died in the Holocaust.

The story takes place in France between 1938 and 1945 and follows the plight of a Jewish family. There are some really heartbreaking scenes to read. The five siblings have a strong bond and love for one another. On the way they encounter the very good and the completely bad. The youth are so brave, even the youngest twins who were born in 1938.

Debra Barnes is clearly a talented writer and I look forward to more from her.

Just to be hated for the circumstances of being born Jewish is terrible. This quote summarizes everything. I found it extremely powerful and absolutely heartbreaking:

"We had no idea what it meant to be Jewish, except that the Germans and many French hated us."

I got this book for free. A positive rating was not required and all views expressed are my own.


This entry was posted in Mass Market Fiction on August 4, 2020, and was tagged with Book Review Debra Barnes, The Young Survivors. Bookmark the permalink.

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