A young Jewish officer, Jack Wiseman, is put in charge of guarding and taking inventory of the contents of the train, the owners of which had mostly perished in Auschwitz and other concentration camps throughout Germany. While in Austria, Jack meets Ilona, a Hungarian concentration camp survivor who has lost everything – her family, her home, her sense of self – and she is angry about it. However, a connection is felt between Jack and Ilona, a relationship that is made even more distressing by the fact that he is counting the personal belongings of people from her town, perhaps even her family. Would their relationship survive the secrets that Jack keeps about the Hungarian wealth?
About Ayelet WaldmanAyelet Waldman is the author of the forthcoming Love and Treasure (Knopf, April 2014), Red Hook Road and The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace.
Her novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was adapted into a film called “The Other Woman” starring Natalie Portman. Her personal essays and profiles of such public figures as Hillary Clinton have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
Her radio commentaries have appeared on “All Things Considered” and “The California Report.” Her books are published throughout the world, in countries as disparate as England and Thailand, the Netherlands and China, Russia and Israel, South Korea and Italy.
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