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'A powerful story of survival and resilience. I couldn't put it down.'
Throughout the 1940s, forgers helped thousands of children escape Nazi France. In this instant New York Times bestseller, Kristin Harmel reimagines their story...
In 1942, Eva is forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children escaping to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva realises she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember their own identities.
When Rémy disappears and the resistance cell they work for is betrayed, the records they keep in The Book of Lost Names become even more crucial to remembering the truth...
A present day discovery of the book leaves researchers fascinated by its origins and desperate to decipher its codes. Only Eva holds the answer but will she have the strength to face old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?
A Note From the Publisher
Perfect for readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Librarian of Auschwitz and The Book Thief.
'A heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism centered on a female forger who risks everything to help Jewish children escape Nazi-occupied France'
People Magazine, '20 Best Books to Read this Summer'
'Brilliantly imagined ... This thoughtful work will touch readers with its testament to the endurance of hope'
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
'Harmel illuminates heartbreakingly real but forgotten stories from WW2, blended with a dash of suspense and romance'
'A fascinating, heartrending page-turner'
Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author
'Smart, evocative and utterly engrossing'