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Anne Berest’s novel, translated from the original French by Tina Kover, begins with an anonymous postcard in the mail with four names—all people killed at Auschwitz—written on it. The stories of those people, who they were, their lives and their deaths, are at the center of this moving and powerfully original book. Based on the author’s own family’s experiences as Jews in France during World War II, the novel is devoted to the principle that to restore their lives, down to the everyday details, is to honor their memory. The Postcard is also a historical detective story about how to uncover those truths—and what remains forever lost in the fragments of documentation that leave a scattered trail. —Lucas Wittmann

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