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#42 The Invisible Bridge

#42 The Invisible Bridge

Author: Julie Orringer

In the autumn of 1937, Andras Levi sets off for Paris to study architecture. Despite the poverty of being a scholarship student and the political turmoil caused by an increasingly aggressive Hitler, Andras loves his school, Paris, and his friends. He eventually meets Claire Morgenstern and falls in love. It is not an easy relationship for Claire is a woman with a past and a resentful daughter slightly younger than Andras. But love perseveres and Claire and Andras are engaged by the spring of 1939. Then Hitler invades Poland and Andras, a Jew, finds himself back in Hungary. Thankfully, Claire travels with him to Hungary where they marry shortly before Andras is sent off to help the war effort as a laborer.

This is such a beautiful book about love, hope, and the will to survive. This is an epic story which doesn't read like an epic. It's not about the movers and shakers, but that of a talented common man who finds himself having to live through one of the darkest, most tragic eras of history.

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