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Smuggled (2011)

by Christina Shea(Favorite Author)
3.48 of 5 Votes: 5
0802170862 (ISBN13: 9780802170866)
Grove Press, Black Cat
review 1: This book was very good, but not at all what I expected it to be about. I thought it stayed focused on the smuggling of a Jewish child during WWII, but that's actually just the background. The novel is following the child through her new life and under her assumed name in Romania. The timeline stretches from WWII to the end of the Cold War. As someone who came of age after the Cold War, it was very interesting to read an account of what living in the USSR was like. Some of the events, especially near the end, sounded implausible, yet the author made it work. I had a hard time putting it down.
review 2: I'm totally ignorant about Romanian/Hungarian history post WWII, so I'm sure parts of this went over my head and I found myself with questions here and there but
... more I really enjoyed the book. Shea's writing style is simple yet very complex, if that makes sense. She has a way of writing very efficiently and providing insight into the characters without unnecessary fluff. The book evokes many emotions and leaves the reader nurturing heavy thoughts... liked it! less
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I am saving my comments for our K80s Book Club, but this is a powerful, haunting read.
The sort of book that makes history come alive.
Very well done!
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