I received a copy for this purpose of this review. Nothing else was exchanged. The opinions expressed here are 100% mine.
Have you ever read a book and wondered how the main character managed to keep it all together in spite of everything that has happened to them. Well if you have than you surely identify with Kläre the main character of Even in Darkness. Before I tell you more about the story here is a brief summary.
Spanning a century and three continents, Even in Darkness tells the story of Kläre Kohler, whose early years as a dutiful daughter of a prosperous German-Jewish family hardly anticipate the often-harrowing life she faces as an adult—a saga of family, a lover, two world wars, a concentration camp and the unconventional life she builds in post-war Germany. As the world changes around her, Kläre makes boundary-crossing choices in order to protect the people she loves—and to save herself. Based on a true story, Even in Darkness highlights the intimate experience of Kläre’s reinvention as she faces the destruction of life as she knew it, and traces her path beyond survival to wisdom, meaning, and—most unexpectedly—love.
I throughly enjoyed reading this book. But sometimes I thought this character was too good to be true. Just once I wish she would have just had a raging fit to show how human she was. I found her strength refreshing. It is not often that one finds a strong female character in novels. I also love that it was based on a the story of how the author’s, Barbara Stark-Nemon, aunt survived the Holocaust. I do love that idea that to see the beauty in things sometimes we have to see the bad so we can appreciate the beauty even more.
This book starts in 1913 and ends in 1996 almost spanning the whole life of Klare. So there were no question left in the minds of the readers to what happened to the characters in the book. I love books like this and I think you will love Even in Darkness: A Novel.
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