LOVE AND TREASURE: A Historic Novel ~Ayelet Waldman
I am having trouble finding the words because I am so excited to share this fascinating story with my wonderful readers. I received an unproofed copy of this book on my Kindle. The book’s title page was there and the book was there, and then it disappeared. It was quite a learning experience to get my copy recovered. As I write, the final copy is being released today so I believe you will not have that trouble. The final file of the book did not record how many pages (450 pages) or the correct time (about 13 hours) – It is a fairly substantial book so allow enough time to enjoy this read.
LOVE and TREASURE begins as Grandpa Jack is waiting in Maine to meet his granddaughter’s train to arrive. Natalie is a young lawyer in New York City and is ending her marriage of 3 months by wanting to take care of her Grandfather who is dying of Pancreatic Cancer. Trains are going to be very important in this story as are the themes of community, family and recovery. What happens after a trauma when you are the only one left?
Jack Wiseman, or grandfather, has stolen a Peacock necklace and he would like Natalie to return the necklace to its rightful owners. This necklace is the journey of the story, the main character, and the connecting devise to transition the story to fullness. The necklace was stolen from The Gold Train in Salzburg, which Jack is assigned, as a Lieutenant and a language expert, to inventory and protect as the American Soldiers take control of the recovery after WWII. The Gold Train is full of art, jewelry, crystal, dishes, silver, telephones, watches, and anything of value that the Jews of Hungary and specifically Budapest were to turn over to the Germans before they were sent to the camps. The train had been looted again before it arrived in Salzburg and much had been stolen. Although, it was intended to be returned to the people of Hungary almost nothing was. There are a number of books about The Gold Train if you want to explore more.
Salzburg in 1944 was a giant refugee camp for Displaced Persons and it was a depot for sorting out and reconnecting people at the end of the war. There was hope but primarily hunger there.
The necklace is the story of the Treasure and the trains carry the reader from Love story to Love story over the saga. How do you find yourself and how does one trust enough to find relationships and community after trauma? Where does that recovery begin? What shape does it take after realizing how alone one is in the death defeating experience; which needs a new commitment to be alive?
Part of the 1913 segment was focused on the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Budapest. LOVE AND TREASURE is a good history lesson and it is well written.
I know that many readers will enjoy LOVE AND TREASURE. This book will capture your imagination, go ahead and put it on your list.
Ayelet Waldman is a novelist and essayist who was formerly a lawyer. She is noted for her self-revelatory essays, and for her writing about the changing expectations of motherhood. Wikipedia Waldman has written many stories some of which have been on the New York Times Best Seller List and have been made into movies. She lives in Berkley, California with her partner Michael Chabon, the novelist and screenwriter, and their 4 children.
TLC Online Book Tours sent me a copy of LOVE AND TREASURE to read and review. It was definitely a pleasure to read this historic novel and to be able to share LOVE AND TREASURE with my readers.
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