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The Light After the War

Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the best-selling tradition of The Girl from Munich and The Tattooist of Auschwitz, an extraordinary tale based on the true story of how the author’s mother survived World War II against all odds.  

In 1946 two young Hungarian refugees arrive in Naples determined to start a new life after losing everyone they loved before the war. Vera Frankel and her best friend, Edith Ban, are haunted by their terrifying escape from a train headed for Auschwitz after their mothers threw them from the carriage, promising they would follow. But instead the girls found themselves alone in a frozen, alien land. They managed to find refuge and barter for their lives by working on an isolated farm in Austria until the end of the war. 

Armed with a letter of recommendation from an American general, Vera finds work and new hope at the United States Embassy and, despite her best intentions, falls in love the handsome and enigmatic Captain Anton Wight. But as Vera and Edith grapple with the aftermath of the war, so too does Anton, and when he suddenly disappears, Vera is forced to drastically change course. Their quest to overcome their terrible losses and rebuild their lives takes Vera and Edith from Naples to Ellis Island to Venezuela and finally Sydney as they begin to build careers, reunite with old friends – and find love. 

Heartbreakingly moving and compelling, The Light After the War is inspired by the story of the author’s Holocaust survivor mother and her escape with her best friend from a train to Auschwitz. 

Praise for The Light After the War 

"You will be swept away by this fast-paced, heartbreaking and hopeful tale of friendship, family, second chances and the enduring power of love, based on the true story of the author’s mother in war-torn Europe." (Kristin Harmel, best-selling author of The Room on Rue Amelie

"A heartfelt and memorable tale of family, love, resilience and the triumph of human spirit." (Pam Jenoff, best-selling author of The Lost Girls of Paris)

©2020 Anita Abriel (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Australia

Critic Reviews

‘I was utterly moved and transfixed by The Light After the War, a beautiful novel that spans a decade across four continents in the wake of World War II. You'll be swept away by this fast-paced, heartbreaking, and hopeful tale of friendship, family, second chances, and the enduring power of love, based on the true story of author Anita Abriel's mother and her fascinating journey away from war-torn Europe in the 1940s. A must-read for anyone interested in the emotional toll of the Second World War.’
'Fans of Georgia Hunter’s We Were The Lucky Ones should race to grab Anita Abriel’s The Light After The War, spanning continents and set against a vividly drawn canvas of World War II and the post-war period. Based on Abriel’s own family history, The Light After The War is a heartfelt and memorable tale of family, love, resilience and the triumph of human spirit.'

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