Gratitude

Gratitude

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the World War II experiences of a wealthy Jewish family in Budapest, told from the perspective of their son Paul, a lawyer, whose chance meeting with a visiting Swedish man is pivotal to the fates of countless Jewish citizens.

McMillan Palgrave
March 1944: War’s darkest period descends upon Hungary’s Jews. By the time it ends in January 1945, over half a million Jews will have been murdered. Gratitude tells the story of that period, through the eyes of the wealthy Beck family, whose lives and loves are saved and lost. At the center of it all is Paul Beck, a young lawyer whose chance meeting with a visiting Swede, Raoul Wallenberg, may alter the inevitability of the Jews’ fate. Like The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Gratitude captures forever the pain and passion of one’s family precious moment in time.



Blackwell North Amer
March 1944: The Germans descend upon Budapest. By the war's end nine months later, more than a half-million Hungarian Jews are dead at the hands of the Nazis or the Hungarians' own police force, and much of that beautiful city is destroyed. Gratitude is a conjured portrait of that rich, flourishing society at the moment of its dismantling. And it is a haunting tale of a disparate group of people - both Jews and non-Jews - who are brought together by the devastation and privations of war.
Lili, sixteen years old on the day her village is "evacuated," makes her way to Budapest and into the lives and hearts of a well-to-do Jewish family. As Klari and Robert Beck take the young girl into their home, their nephew Paul, a suddenly disbarred young lawyer, is meeting a visiting Swede, Raoul Wallenberg, who galvanizes Paul's own floundering sense of purpose and identity. Meanwhile, in the nearby city of Szeged, Paul's brother Istvan is forced into hiding to avoid capture and his very survival is cast into doubt.
Through a compelling range of deeply realized characters, Gratitude mines brilliantly the complexities of the human psyche in extremis: those who risked their own lives to save others and others who, even as the walls closed in around them, were unable to perceive the evil in their midst.

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the World War II experiences of the wealthy Beck family, who witness and suffer horrors that claim the lives of loved ones, in a tale told from the perspective of young lawyer Paul Beck, whose chance meeting with a visiting Swedish man plays pivotal to the fates of countless Jewish citizens. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312585952
0312585950
Branch Call Number: FICTION KERTE...J
Characteristics: 496 pages ; 25 cm
Notes: Originally published: Toronto : Viking Canada, 2008

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