The Postcard (Hardcover)

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By Anne Berest, Tina Kover (Translator)
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Chosen by: Ava

The Postcard is a beautiful, personal and semi-autobiographical novel about a family destroyed in the Holocaust and the generational trauma that came from it. This book was incredibly honest and compelling, and even though the topic is so heartbreaking and heavy, I found myself completely immersed in it as soon as I picked it up.

— From September 2023 Staff Picks

May 2023 Indie Next List


“This family saga, about a mysterious postcard received decades after WWII, plunges a daughter and her mother into the search for the truth and their roots. I have never read a book so well-written, so engaging, so poignant, so real.”
— Marianne Reiner, La Playa Books, San Diego, CA

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A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
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Winner of the Choix Goncourt Prize, Anne Berest's The Postcard is a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life, an enthralling investigation into family secrets, and poignant tale of a Jewish family devastated by the Holocaust and partly restored through the power of storytelling.


January, 2003. Together with the usual holiday cards, an anonymous postcard is delivered to the Berest family home. On the front, a photo of the Op ra Garnier in Paris. On the back, the names of Anne Berest's maternal great-grandparents, Ephra m and Emma, and their children, No mie and Jacques--all killed at Auschwitz.


Fifteen years after the postcard is delivered, Anne, the heroine of this novel, is moved to discover who sent it and why. Aided by her chain-smoking mother, family members, friends, associates, a private detective, a graphologist, and many others, she embarks on a journey to discover the fate of the Rabinovitch family: their flight from Russia following the revolution, their journey to Latvia, Palestine, and Paris. What emerges is a moving saga that shatters long-held certainties about Anne's family, her country, and herself.




Product Details
ISBN: 9781609458386
ISBN-10: 1609458389
Publisher: Europa Editions
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Pages: 464
Language: English