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The Postcard

The Postcard

Current price: $28.00
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Europa Editions
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There have been many powerful novels written about the holocaust, but this richly woven story was like nothing I had read before. This is part novel, part documentary as Berest writes her own family story, one that starts in early 20th-century Russia with the family's Jewish patriarch. The telling follows the family to Paris as they move to safety, but ultimately all are led to the death chambers, except for one, Berest's grandmother. As she digs for her family's history we see that sometimes histories are buried out of a place of shame and the need to cling to survival. This is a story that stays deep within you, and it all starts with a postcard that arrives six decades later.

— Angela

This family saga, about a mysterious postcard received decades after WWII, plunges a daughter and her mother into the search for the truth and their roots. I have never read a book so well-written, so engaging, so poignant, so real.

Marianne Reiner, La Playa Books, San Diego, CA
May 2023 Indie Next List


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Winner of the Choix Goncourt Prize, Anne Berest's The Postcard is a vivid portrait of twentieth-century Parisian intellectual and artistic life, an enthralling investigation into family secrets, and poignant tale of a Jewish family devastated by the Holocaust and partly restored through the power of storytelling.

January, 2003. Together with the usual holiday cards, an anonymous postcard is delivered to the Berest family home. On the front, a photo of the Op ra Garnier in Paris. On the back, the names of Anne Berest's maternal great-grandparents, Ephra m and Emma, and their children, No mie and Jacques--all killed at Auschwitz.

Fifteen years after the postcard is delivered, Anne, the heroine of this novel, is moved to discover who sent it and why. Aided by her chain-smoking mother, family members, friends, associates, a private detective, a graphologist, and many others, she embarks on a journey to discover the fate of the Rabinovitch family: their flight from Russia following the revolution, their journey to Latvia, Palestine, and Paris. What emerges is a moving saga that shatters long-held certainties about Anne's family, her country, and herself.